Find out how you can help make safeguarding Barnsley’s business

There are lots of opportunities for Barnsley residents to find out about how they can play their part in keeping the borough’s children and adults free from harm this Safeguarding Awareness Week (Monday, 9 to Friday, 13 July).

On Monday, 9 July, members of Barnsley Council’s Public Health team will be hosting a stall in the town hall from 9am to 5pm to give visitors health protection information on topics including  cancer prevention and flu.

Child employment safeguarding awareness will be the topic at Barnsley Central Library. There are laws to protect children and their employment rights for: health and safety; what jobs children can do; when children can work; how many hours children can work. An employer can be prosecuted for breaking these laws and Barnsley Council is responsible for licensing and regulating the employment of children who are under the school leaving age. Packs providing information and advice around child employment and responsibilities will be available from the Central Library throughout the week.

An all about safeguarding event takes place on Tuesday, 10 July, 10am to 3pm at Barnsley Interchange. People will be able to find out about safeguarding adults and children in Barnsley from a range of services in the borough. There's also the opportunity to ask providers any questions about their service.

Also on Tuesday, pop into Age UK Barnsley's Wombwell or Cudworth shops for a cuppa, cake and a chat. They have lots of information about safeguarding and scams and can put visitors in touch with their information and advice service who may also be able to help.

Residents of Newsome Vale living complex will learn how to sign up and use social media safely, as well as Skype for video calling friends and family, thanks to a short workshop run by Barnsley Council. This is a great way for older people to stay in touch with friends and family to prevent social isolation, and join groups that interest them.

There’s also a chance to meet members of the Barnsley Adult and Children's Safeguarding Board, and Safer Barnsley Partnerships Board 2pm to 4pm at the town hall. It’s a great opportunity for people who live and work in Barnsley to find out more about the work of the Boards and how they help keep people of all ages safe; to ask them to address any particular issues that may be of concern and find out how various organisations contribute to their work.

On Wednesday, 11 July, a Girls and gang culture workshop, run by Centrepoint, takes place at Quarry View, Smithies Lane, from 10am to 11am. This will take a look at why girls join gangs, and will be delivered by a guest speaker. The event will include a question and answer session following the workshop. Book attendance by calling Centrepoint on 020 7423 6841.

Planning your weekly shop? You can find out about safeguarding adults in Barnsley, and about some of the services available in the borough through a range of partners at Stairfoot Tesco on Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 July from 10am to 12 noon on both days.

More details about all of these events and additional workshops aimed at volunteers and professionals, can be found at www.barnsley.gov.uk/saw18 

Information will be made available via Barnsley Council and partners’ social media accounts, which people can follow using the hashtag #SAW18. Updates will also be given via a dedicated Facebook event page, Safeguarding Awareness Week 2018. 

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