New local radio campaign launched to encourage residents to speak up on safeguarding

In Barnsley, we believe safeguarding is everybody’s business, and that by working together, we can help make our borough a safer place to live, work and grow up.

This week, Barnsley’s Safeguarding Adults Board are launching a new local radio campaign to encourage residents to speak up if they’re worried about someone’s safety.

The campaign features a simple call to action – to speak to our team, someone you trust or a health and care professional if you think someone’s being mistreated, neglected, harmed or is struggling with hoarding.

It’s not always easy to spot the signs of abuse, but if we speak up when something doesn’t feel right, we can all help keep our communities safe and well.

Anyone can raise a safeguarding concern, whether it’s about yourself, a loved one, a friend, a neighbour or someone you work with, and we’re here to listen.

We’ll work together to find a solution that helps reduce the risk of further harm and makes you or the person feel safer, listening to your views and placing you at the heart of everything we do.

There are lots of ways you can report potential safeguarding concerns:

  • If you’re worried about an adult’s safety or wellbeing, call our Adult Social Care team on 01226 773300.
  • If it’s an emergency, call 999.
  • Speak to your GP, a worker who’s supporting you or someone you trust.

For more information on safeguarding adults, including signs of abuse to look out for and how you can report your concerns to us, please visit

Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Place Health and Adult Social Care, said: “We all want to feel safe in our relationships, at home, at work and in our communities. We believe everyone has the right to be and feel safe, so if you’re worried about someone’s safety, please speak up – we’re here to listen and help anyone affected by abuse find a way forward.

“There’s a wide range of support available in Barnsley to help anyone who has been abused, mistreated or harmed, meaning we can help you or the person you’re worried about find the right solution for them to feel safer, both now and in the future.”

The Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board believes you and your loved ones have the right to be and feel safe. We work together with key organisations across Barnsley to make sure we have the right processes in place to prevent abuse and help people stop further harm.

You can learn more about the great work of the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board to help keep our communities safe by visiting our dedicated webpage.

They also offer a wide range of free training to help anyone working with adults in Barnsley to continue developing their skills. Whether you want to learn more about spotting the signs of abuse, self-neglect and hoarding or raising concerns, visit our dedicated training webpage.

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