Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020 goes virtual

A virtual launch event on Monday 16 November will mark the start of South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020.  

The event, aimed at professionals and volunteers, will hear messages from Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, Bob Dyson, Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board and Children’s Safeguarding Partnership, Wendy Lowder, Executive Director of Adults and Communities and Mel John Ross, Executive Director for Children’s Services. 

Building on the successes of previous Safeguarding Awareness Weeks, Barnsley Adult and Children’s Safeguarding Boards will again be working with partners from health, the emergency services, the voluntary sector and others, to raise everyone’s awareness of what safeguarding means, the situations in which it can arise and signpost people to the organisations which can offer help and support. 

Throughout the week, Monday 16 to Friday 20 November, there will be a variety of local, regional and national virtual events for professionals and volunteers to attend. Some of the key topics include: 

  • Domestic abuse
  • Fuel poverty
  • Exploitation of young adults
  • Partner referral training
  • Self-neglect and hoarding
  • Fraud 

There will also be information shared across Barnsley Council, the CCG and South Yorkshire Police’s social media channels about safe sleeping, child sexual exploitation and increased isolation due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

Safeguarding is all of our responsibility all year round, and therefore more information will be shared regarding a full programme of public events on safeguarding topics to be delivered throughout 2021.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, 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 can report any concerns they may have about the welfare of children and adults.”  

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “I welcome this opportunity to raise awareness of what safeguarding is, the many situations in which it can arise and help signpost people to the organisations which can help. If anyone does have concerns about the safety of a child or adult, please do report it.” 

Bob Dyson, Independent Chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board and Children’s Safeguarding Partnership, said: “In line with its legal duties, the council and its partners safeguard Barnsley’s vulnerable children and adults seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Safeguarding is much more than a legal duty; it is simply the right thing to do. This awareness week is your chance to learn more about this important issue, and to upskill yourself so you know how to recognise a safeguarding issue when it occurs and where to seek the right support. Keeping people safe is an essential duty of our society.” 

The week will be promoted on social media using the hashtag #SYSAW20, and details of events for professionals and volunteers can be found at the Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020 page. Members of the public can find out more about safeguarding by following along on social media, or by visiting the safeguarding in Barnsley page.

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