Worried about a child?

If you’re worried that a child or young person's at risk of harm or abuse, it’s vital that you tell someone. We’re not asking you to make judgments or interfere unnecessarily in other people’s lives; we just want to make sure that the child or young person gets the help, support and protection they may need.

Who to tell

If you think the child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 or 01142 202020.

If the child's not in immediate danger, but you're still concerned about them, call our social care assessment service on (01226) 772423 (weekdays before 5pm).

Call our emergency duty team on 08449841800 if you’re calling after 5pm, at weekends or bank holidays.

You can report your concern anonymously if you prefer. If you do give us your details, we'll store them securely and keep them confidential.

If you don’t feel comfortable calling any of the above, tell a health visitor, a doctor or another professional you trust about your concerns.

Abuse and neglect - the type of issue you might become aware of

Abuse and neglect of children can present in many different ways. Sometimes abuse may occur by omission (something not being done for a child).  This usually means the child’s needs being neglected. On other occasions, abuse may present as a deliberate act - for example sexual or physical assault of a child.  Learning from serious cases tells us that many forms of abuse have links to parental vulnerabilities such as domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health and learning disability.

Safeguarding training

For information on safeguarding training, please refer to our training brochure.

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board

For more information about keeping children safe in Barnsley, visit our Safeguarding Children Board website.