Safeguarding children in Barnsley

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board is the statutory organisation responsible for agreeing how services and agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in the borough, and for ensuring that they do so effectively.   Like all local authorities, we are required to have a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to comply with Section 13 of the Children Act 2004

The Board, which was established in 2006 has an Independent Chair and brings together senior representatives from the key statutory, voluntary, and community sectors with a responsibility for delivering services to children and young people.  The Board also has two lay members who are representative of the local community in Barnsley.

The Chair of the Board is accountable to the Local Authority through the Chief Executive and Director of Children's Services. Each agency representative involved in the work of the Board is accountable to the governing body of their own agency.

Safeguarding Awareness Week 2018 - 9 July to 13 July 2018

Plans are already well underway for a week full of safeguarding awareness-raising training, events and activities all across the borough. The theme for this year’s Safeguarding Awareness Week (#SAW18) is prevention.

The launch event this year will be held on the morning of 9 July at Barnsley College.

In the afternoon of Tuesday 10 July there is an opportunity to meet the board at Barnsley Town Hall. Members of both the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Adults Board will be available to meet and discuss safeguarding issues.

On Friday 13 July the #SAW18 Conference is about working together to challenge neglect, and will take place at Shaw Lane Sports Club. Places can be booked or cancelled online through POD.

Be part of #SAW18! You can have your #SAW18 activities and events promoted here by letting us know what you're doing to support #SAW18.

The role of the Board

Members of the Board work to keep children and young people in Barnsley safe from harm, particularly those who are most vulnerable, and to make sure that they feel secure, well cared for, and able to reach their full potential.  They also provide support and training for those who work with children and young people, in whatever capacity, to make sure that they are fully aware of their roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding, and that they are appropriately qualified.

The work of the Board falls into the wider context of our Children's Trust arrangements, which focus on improving the overall wellbeing of all Barnsley children and young people through the five outcomes - be healthy; stay safe; enjoy and achieve; make a positive contribution; secure economic wellbeing.  However, the Board focuses primarily on the aspect of 'staying safe', which ensures that children and young people are cared for, have security and stability and are kept safe from:

  • maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual exploitation
  • accidental injury and death
  • bullying and discrimination
  • crime and anti-social behaviour in and out of school

Board member agencies

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board is made up of members from a range of agencies in accordance with statutory guidance.

The following organisations are Board members with a duty to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children:

Individual members

The following are individual members acting in a representative capacity:

  • Named Dr for NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and GP representative
  • Representatives of primary and secondary headteachers
  • Two lay representatives of the local community

Advisory members

The following services also provide specialist advice to the Board:

  • Adult social care services
  • Legal services
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • Designated Dr Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Designated Nurse Barnsley CCG and representative of Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  • Berneslai Homes
  • South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
  • Public Health
  • Voluntary Action Barnsley

Sub-committees to the Board

The Board structure has a number of sub-committees that bring extra focus to particular issues and priorities. This Structure is reviewed regularly and amended if necessary to ensure multi-agency contribution to priority areas.

BSCB meetings

The Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board meet six times a year. Dates for 2018 are as follows:                                     

  • 26 January 2018 
  • 09 March 2018
  • 11 May 2018
  • 20 July 2018
  • 21 September 2018
  • 7 December 2018