Launch event marks start of Safeguarding Awareness Week 2018

A launch event at Barnsley College, Old Mill Lane, on Monday, 9 July will mark the start of Barnsley’s Safeguarding Awareness Week.

The Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards, Robert Dyson and Cllr Margaret Bruff – Lead Member for People (Safeguarding) will be joined by Carrie Abbott Service Director Public Health, who will officially open the event.

A number of invited partners will be attending the launch including representatives from Barnsley Council, Berneslai Homes, local schools, Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley College, Public Health and Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.

The voices of Barnsley’s adults and children will be a real focus of the event, with speeches, presentations and videos from representatives of secondary schools and colleges, Hesley Group (specialist autism support provider), Wednesday’s Voice ( a group for people with learning disabilities who want to have more of a say about their life), Safeguarding Adults Forum by Experience,  HOPE in the community (a community group which helps people improve their quality of life) and Shared Lives (an alternative to home care and care homes for people who need support to live independently.)

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson, People (Safeguarding) said: “Barnsley Council, alongside partner agencies and fellow professionals, works hard to safeguard adults and children 52 weeks a year. 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.”

Updates of events will be posted throughout the week on social media using the #SAW18 hashtag, with people being encouraged to share their photos of activities. A dedicated page of public events and is available via www.barnsley.gov.uk/saw18

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