We're proud to be celebrating Safeguarding Awareness Week in Barnsley

Next week, we will once again join local and regional partners in supporting South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week (21-27 November 2022).

Our Safeguarding Adults Board and Children’s Partnership have been busy organising free events throughout the week where you can learn how we can help keep adults, children and families in our borough safe and free from harm.

There are lots of ways residents, professionals and volunteers can learn more about what safeguarding means and the support available locally during the week, including:

  • Coming down to The Glass Works Square on Tuesday 22 November, where you can learn more about keeping families safe (and take a photo with a fire engine).
  • Taking part in one of our Your Digital Safety sessions throughout the week, helping you safe online and protect yourself from scams. On Tuesday 22 November, we will also host an event focused on keeping children safe online.
  • Joining us on our Safe Places Walk on Thursday 24 November, where you can see how we’re making our town centre a safe place to visit, shop and socialise.
  • Finding out how you can stay safe in your home, online and in the community at our special Town Hall event with South Yorkshire Police on Thursday 24 November.
  • Learning more about how we can keep children and young people safe at our Family Safety events, taking place across our Family Centres.

Throughout the week, our partners and services will also be taking over Barnsley Market, with a range of stalls each day where you can learn more about the support available locally.

Find out what’s planned and book your free place at our events by visiting our Safeguarding Awareness Week webpage.

Councillor Trevor Cave, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children’s Services, said: “In Barnsley, we want to make sure our children and young people have the best possible start in life. Our Safeguarding Children’s Partnership works tirelessly alongside partners to help us achieve this, making sure our borough is a safe place to grow up.

“I’m delighted to see so many events planned in Barnsley for Safeguarding Awareness Week, giving communities a chance to see how we can help keep each other safe. Come to one of our events, speak to our teams and find out about the support available locally.

Councillor Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place Health and Adult Social Care, said: “We want to make sure everyone has the best possible chance of enjoying life in good physical and mental health. Safeguarding Awareness Week is a great chance to see how our Safeguarding Adults Board is helping communities stay safe and well.

“This year, we wanted to highlight the importance of looking out for each other, as safeguarding is everybody’s business. With a wide range of free events planned, I’m excited to see communities come together to see how we can all help make Barnsley a safer place.”

Safeguarding is everybody’s business, and together, we can help make our borough a safer place to live, work and grow up.

Throughout Safeguarding Awareness Week, we will share about local support and the great work happening in Barnsley to keep our communities safe and well on social media.

We will also share case studies from our Safeguarding Adults Board and Children’s Partnership, highlighting the impact of their work in our borough.

If you’re running any events as part of Safeguarding Awareness Week, please share them on social media using #SAW22 to show how we’re working together to keep our communities safe in Barnsley.

For more information on safeguarding adults, children and young people, including how to report any concerns, visit our dedicated safeguarding webpage.

If you’re worried about an adult’s safety or wellbeing, call 01226 773300. If you’re worried about a child’s safety or wellbeing, call 01226 772423.

If it’s an emergency, please call 999.

Our Safeguarding Adults Board and Children’s Partnership offer a wide range of training all year round to help keep adults, children and young people safe. You can find out more information on their dedicated webpages.

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