This area of the site is for professionals and volunteers who work with the adults in Barnsley who need additional support.

It gives you easy access to vital safeguarding guidance, information on forums, training and lead contacts, and a link to other safeguarding resources.

Telling us about your concerns

Referral forms

Request a safeguarding adults review

Safeguarding boards have a duty under the Care Act to consider a review if a person dies or is seriously harmed as a result of abuse or abuse is suspected. They're considered when organisations haven't worked together to keep them safe.

Safeguarding adults reviews are a learning process which aim to improve practice. They aim to help keep people safe. The referral form is in the protocol at appendix 3.

If you want to discuss a possible referral, contact the board manager by email at:


Guidance, policies and procedures

Types of abuse

Safeguarding policies and guidance

Polices and procedures


How to guides

Domestic abuse, stalking and harassment

Financial abuse and scams

Organisational abuse

Mental capacity

Modern slavery

Self neglect and hoarding

Find out more about a multi-agency approach to self neglect in the following video.

*The video has been produced by Barnsley CCG in partnership with Berneslai Homes, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Barnsley Council's adult social care service.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue offer a Home Safety Check to people who are thought to be at risk of fire. During a visit, firefighters or community safety staff will advise on how to reduce the risk of having a fire. It will also help plan a bedtime routine, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if trapped by a fire. They'll also fit free smoke alarms if a home is without one and explain how to keep them working.

For someone who has a hoarding disorder, the main risk is that if a fire does occur, the possessions may block their escape routes and will add to the fire loading and spread. Where these extra risks are identified our Community Safety team will give tailored advice to the adult and speak to the key professionals helping them. This will help them make the changes to reduce the risk and/or to address any risk to others.

To request a safety visit from South Yorkshire Fire you can complete a short online form or contact the hot line on 0114 2532314. If you qualify for a visit, a member of our team will be in touch to arrange this. You will find some useful safety tips on the South Yorkshire Fire website.

Policy and flow charts

Tools to rate risk

Closing self neglect/hoarding cases when risk remains

Managers must be asked to approve closure of self neglect and hording cases when risks remain. This should be recorded either in the adults record or using a specific form. Several organisations have produced forms. For details, please contact the board manager.


How to get help/make a referral

If you think you know someone who could be living with self-neglect or hoarding, or has a build-up of rubbish or household waste at their property you can contact us by:

You can report an issue anonymously, or give us the details so we can put the right support in place.

Berneslai Homes tenants

Berneslai Homes can give support to people living in council housing and offer a range of specialist, tailored ways to help residents successfully maintain their tenancies and enjoy where they live. Find out about hoarding support from Berneslai Homes or how to contact Berneslai Homes.

Adult social care

Adult social care may have a duty to provide help to the adult and their family. You can contact them by:


More information

Local contacts

Organisation Named contact Contact details
Barnsley Place Integrated Care Board Safeguarding Team Email:

Angela Fawcett, Head of Safeguarding -

Gill Pepper, Adult Safeguarding Lead Nurse -
Lead GP Lee Oughton
Named GP Safeguarding Vulnerable Clients
(one day per week)
Call: (01226) 433772


Address: Hillder House, 49–51 Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2PY
Barnsley Hospital Dawn Gibbon
Head of Safeguarding

Becky Slaytor
Safeguarding Adults Named Nurse
Call: (01226) 431249 (1249)

Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board Manager Cath Erine
Safeguarding Adults Manager
Call: 07786 525864


Address: BMBC, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG
Berneslai Homes Tony Griffiths and Leanne Cook
Housing Manager
Call: (01226) 775106

Email: and


We offer free safeguarding adults training to people working with adults across Barnsley. This includes online e-learning modules and courses delivered virtually or in person.

Visit out safeguarding adults training page for details of the courses and how to book a place.

Information for people we're safeguarding


Making safeguarding personal

Leaflets and posters

If you need copies of these resources, please email You'll need to collect these from Westgate Plaza.

Making a complaint

The Local Government Ombudsman has agreed a policy with the directors of Adult Social Care. It details how to make a complaint about Safeguarding Adults Boards.

Our Customer Resolution Team are in charge of managing customer complaints, compliments and comments for all of our council services. This includes the Safeguarding Adults Board.

If you'd like to make a complaint about the Safeguarding Adults Board, or about any other council service, find out how to make a complaint.