A market place and launch event on Monday, 8 July marked the official start of Safeguarding Awareness Week 2019 in Barnsley, which has the theme ‘your choices and rights’.
As part of the regional South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week #SYSAW19, the market place and launch event will saw colleagues join together at Barnsley Sixth Form College to celebrate how partners are working together to keep people of all ages safe from harm.
Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, Leader of the Barnsley Council was the keynote speaker and there were presentations from services explaining how they keep Barnsley residents safe from harm and support them to achieve everything they want and deserve.
Young people from Holy Trinity School also spoke about how they keep themselves safe online. They were accompanied by Elaina Giedra – deputy safeguarding lead and senior school head teacher representative to the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership.
Representatives from the Hesley Group talked about the need to empower and protect adults who have learning disabilities
A number of invited partners attended the launch, including representatives from Barnsley Council, Berneslai Homes, local schools, Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley College, Public Health and Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.
A market place wrap-around’ event took place before and after the main launch event and was an opportunity for partner agencies to find out more about each other’s services.
Cllr Houghton said: “The key purpose of the week is to provide a range of learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers working in the sectors of safeguarding adults and safeguarding children, so we can be better, together.
There are vulnerable people in our communities; people of all ages and different backgrounds. Everyone has a right to live a life that is free from abuse and neglect.
Safeguarding Awareness Week gives us all an opportunity to let people know what we do and how residents, businesses and our partners can address any concerns or issues early on to prevent them escalating, by reporting any concerns they may have about the welfare of children and adults.”
Liz Leek, Vice Principal Curriculum at Barnsley College, added: “We were delighted to host this event at the Sixth Form College and welcome everyone to the 2019 launch event.
“Events like this one are vital in order to build links with partner agencies so information is shared which ensures young people and vulnerable adults are safe.”