Our local offer for care leavers

Support available for you

View our large list of support sources that are available for you:

Alcohol and substance use

If you are using drugs or alcohol and would like help to stop, reduce your use or keep yourself safe whilst using, please speak to you nurse or Personal Adviser. You can also get support from the following services.

  • If you are under 18 you can access help form the Young Peoples Substance Misuse Team by calling (01226) 705980.
  • If you are over 18 you can access help from Drug and Alcohol Services. Please speak to your nurse or Personal Adviser who really can help. 

Find out more information about drug abuse and alcohol misuse. 

BSARCS – Barnsley sexual abuse and rape crisis services

BSARCS is the only group in Barnsley offering specialist services to people whose lives have been affected by rape, sexual abuse, sexual assault or any kind of sexual violence.

They work with women, men, children and young people who live in the Barnsley area and are based at The Core, County Way, Barnsley S70 2JW.

For more information contact:

  • BSARCS on (01226) 320140
  • National helplines for women on 0808 802 9999
  • National helplines for men on 0808 800 5005

Care Leavers as parents

Barnsley Early Help offer through universal or targeted services, is based on individual's needs, which is identified through an Early Help Assessment of the whole family. Parents may self-refer for universal services or to access information, guidance and signposting.

For children, young people and families who face more challenges and may have multiple needs, targeted services provide additional capacity and expertise to address their needs. A programme of targeted group provision and one to one support is available through our family centres.

Find out more about the Family Information Service on contact 0800 0345 340.


If you would like to talk to someone about your options and find out what childcare is available in your area, contact the Families Information Service on 0800 0345 340.


IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. Their services include refuge accommodation, community based support, peer mentoring, group work and access to a free, confidential out of hours helpline.

For more information contact:

  • local offices Barnsley on (01226) 320112
  • Domestic Abuse Helpline on 03000 110 110
  • Rape Support Line on 0300 111 0777

Mental health services

If you're concerned about your mental health you can ask for help from the Mental Health Service. Your GP may refer you to a mental health team for support.  GPs and are open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, for more information contact (01226) 645000.

Find out more about services in Barnsley that provide support on emotional wellbeing.


OASIS (Opening up Awareness and Support and Influencing Services) is a group based in Barnsley that aims to empower young people to shape mental health services. The group meets every Thursday 5pm to 7pm at Horizon College and discuss campaign ideas, awareness posters and put together their own mental health first aid kit. For more information, email the project worker

Sexual Health

Spectrum Integrated Sexual Health Service provides all methods of contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and support, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

They are located in Gateway Plaza, Sackville Street, Barnsley, S70 2RD. 

Find out more about spectrum or call 0800 055 6442. 

Targeted Youth Services

Our Targeted Youth Support Service brings together a range of agencies to help young people who are taking risks or experiencing difficulties getting back on the right path.

The service supports children and young people from 8-19 (and those up to 25 with additional needs) and is made up of staff from Barnsley Council, NHS, South Yorkshire Police and the National Probation Service, working together to support young people to make a positive transition into adulthood.

Support includes:

  • Health and emotional support e.g. confidence building, self-esteem, anger management.
  • Risk taking behaviour including sex, drugs and alcohol.
  • Sexual health advice, contraception and STI screening.
  • Promoting positive relationships.
  • Diversion from crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Staying safe - including internet and social media safety.
  • Support to encourage volunteering and active citizenship.
  • Signposting to find work, education and training opportunities.

Contacts the Targeted Youth Support Team on (01226) 775270.

Youth Offending Team

The Youth Offending Team are based at 18 Regent Street, Barnsley and can be contacted on (01226) 774986. YOT opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Youth Council

The Youth Council is a group of local young people who are elected by their peers every two years to represent the views of all other young people living in the borough, at a local, regional and national level.

Youth council members are elected to represent the voice of all children and young people in Barnsley, the school or college that they attend, and also the area in which they live.

The Youth Council works closely with the Care for Us Council and Barnsley Council in order to make sure that young people’s voices are heard in decisions that affect their lives. They are supported by participation workers from the Targeted Youth Support Service and members of the Youth Council are elected to represent Barnsley in the United Kingdom Youth Parliament and our young people are also represented in shaping the future for Barnsley through the Sheffield City Region. They attend regional meetings and national events, including an annual debate in the House of Commons.

Find out more about Barnsley's Youth Council

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