Safeguarding adults in Barnsley

Our priority

We believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and to live without fear of abuse, neglect or exploitation. 

Our priority is to protect adults who live in the borough, promote their wellbeing, and reduce the risk of harm for those with care and support needs.

Listening to you

Some adults are less able to protect themselves than others and some have difficulty making their wishes and feelings known. If you feel you're being mistreated, harmed or abused, or you know someone who is, speak up; we're here to help.

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Who needs help to stay safe

Adults, aged 18 or over, who may not be able to stop someone abusing them because they:

  • need care and support
  • are elderly and frail 
  • have a physical/learning disability or sensory impairment
  • have a long term illness such as cancer
  • have mental health needs (depression/paranoia/dementia/ personality disorder)
  • have a substance/alcohol addiction
  • are unable to make choices for themselves

What is abuse?

There are many different types of abuse - find out more about them here.

How to recognise abuse

It's not always easy to spot the symptoms of abuse. Here's what to look out for.

How to report abuse

Who to tell and how to get in touch if you're worried about an adult.

Need help and support?

If you need someone to talk to, joining a support group is a great way to get help from people in a similar situation to you. It's also a good way to give feedback about the services you receive. Check what's on offer here.

For professionals and volunteers

If you work with adults who need protection, or additional help and support, either paid or voluntarily, this is where you'll find policies, procedures, organisational guidance and training information to support your safeguarding role.

Adult social care

Adult social care supports people of working age, and older people, who have disabilities, mental health problems, a sensory loss or general frailty. If you need an assessment, help to live at home, or information about care homes or staying safe, you'll find all that and more here.

Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board

Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board has a shared commitment with organisations such as health, GPs, the clinical commissioning group, housing, social care, police and the fire service, to make Barnsley a safe place to live and to protect adults who may be at risk.

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