South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week 2021

#SAW21 will run from 15 to 19 November 2021.  

You can take a look at the events on offer this year as part of Safeguarding Awareness Week.

Safeguarding Adults Board newsletters

Read the latest news from the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board below.

Edition 7: July 2021

​Face to face safeguarding training

Free safeguarding adults training is being delivered by Microsoft Teams. This course is aimed at managers in health and social care, social workers, nurses, GPs and doctors. It runs each month and includes the legal basis for safeguarding and the principles for conducting effective enquiries. View the learning outcomes and full information about the safeguarding training for professionals, managers, social workers, safeguarding leads and safeguarding champions course on POD.

There is also a follow up workshop for each delegate so that they can understand how they can discuss practice issues that have arisen since their training. Book on the follow up workshop for safeguarding training for professionals, managers, social workers, safeguarding leads and safeguarding champions.

Safeguarding Practitioners Forum

We're hosting our second safeguarding practitioner’s forum on the 19 November from 1.30 until 4.30 pm. The forum is used to discussed challenging issues and cases in safeguarding adults. Please contact if you would like to attend the event.  

Other face to face training

We're also delivering free training to independent providers around the Mental Capacity Act and Care Planning. Please click on the links for more information about these courses.  

Updated Safeguarding Adults website

The Safeguarding Adults web pages have been updated. Any comments on the new format and content are very welcome, email these to 

Hoarding support groups – go live July 2021 

If you're supporting an adult or family who are struggling with hoarding and who might benefit from a customer led group, please ask them to attend one of our hoarding groups, the details are below. Alternatively, share the hoarding support group poster with them. The sessions will be supported by specially trained workers and provide an opportunity to share experiences and offer support. 

One of the people who attended the first meeting said: “I found it really useful and enjoyable and I am looking forward to the next one!” 

The group is free to attend and open to friends, family and supporters. There is no need to book.

It runs on the last Tuesday of each month, 6pm to 8pm at Maltas Court Community Centre, Maltas Court, Worsbrough Dale, Worsbrough, Barnsley S70 4QG. Call 07786 525988 for further details.

You can also find further information about self-neglect and hoarding on our website.

Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2020/21

The Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report will be on the website soon! Link in next newsletter. The report evidences significant progress, despite the challenges of COVID. 

If you have any feedback on the report, please send it to

Safeguarding Awareness Week (15 – 19 November 2021) 

Visit the Safeguarding Awareness Week 2021 website to see what’s on. 

If you can host any events, please contact Cath:

Quality of concerns audit

PMQA, one of the sub groups, completed an audit to explore the quality of safeguarding concerns sent to Adult Social Care. The audit covered the period March to May 2021. Main results – 

  • 100% of referrals included details of the referrer and their manager 
  • 70% included the consent of the adult, the remaining 30% were unable to consent. The same figures apply to the views of the adults being included. 
  • 95% indicated care and support needs and 87.5% included an abuse type 
  • 80% of referrers received feedback from Adult Social Care 

The audit will be extended to include SY Police and Care providers and reported in September 2021. An audit plan is set up for the next 12 months. If your organisation would like to be involved, contact Cath:

Items for future newsletters? 

Have you got news to share? Next edition September 2021. Contact: 

Edition 6: May 2021

Updated resources

The following resources have been updated and can be found on the information and support for workers and volunteers page. Please add the concern form to your favourites and delete earlier copies.

  • Concern form
  • Decision Support Guidance

Hoarding awareness week

We worked with Safer Neighbourhood colleagues to raise awareness of hoarding. A new self neglect and hoarding web page has been produced, including an online form to share concerns.

Safeguarding good practice

The Pathways and Partnership subgroup would love to hear about:

  • Positive examples of safeguarding practice OR
  • Cases where organisations did not work well together

If you have any cases you would be willing to share, please contact Cath Erine to arrange to attend a future meeting.

Public Health Annual Report

The Safeguarding Board endorsed the Public Health Annual Report that gives us the views of Barnsley adults.

Safeguarding eLearning

New safeguarding courses

Items for future newsletters?

Have you got news to share? Next edition July 2021. Contact Cath Erine.

Edition 5: March 2021

Launch of new e-learning courses

We've launched three free e-learning courses on POD:

Recognizing and sharing safeguarding concerns (Level A)

This course is for anyone working with adults with care and support needs. It covers who might be at risk of abuse and neglect, what we mean by abuse and neglect, and what we should do if we recognise it.

Safeguarding for workers who will raise concerns (Level B)

This course is for anyone that may raise safeguarding concerns as a result of abuse and neglect. It includes social and health care managers, social workers and allied health professionals.

Self-neglect and hoarding

This course is for anyone that works with people who are at risk of self-neglect and hoarding. It includes information about Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board’s self-neglect and hoarding policy, risk assessing and good practice in supporting someone through hoarding.

We'd like to say thank you to everyone that piloted the training and gave feedback.

Safeguarding Awareness Week (SAW2021) – planning starts soon!

Safeguarding awareness Week 2021 (SAW 2021) for both adults and children will take place between the 15 to 19 November 2021. We're keen to hear from customer groups and members of the public. If you have any suggestions about how we can engage the public or if you have any suggestions for topics for the week or can offer any training, please contact us by email; Cath: or Jon:

Safeguarding adults review workshop – self-neglect and hoarding

We'll be hosting two workshops to disseminate learning from recent Safeguarding Adults Reviews around self-neglect and hoarding. The workshops are taking place on 21 April from 9.30am until 12.30pm, and 7 May from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. You can book onto the workshops on POD.

New: Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) – Valerie and Ian

Susan Benbow, independent author, has worked with the Safeguarding Adults Board to complete a review into the deaths of this couple. Their deaths were linked to self-neglect and hoarding. We asked her to review previous SARs and lessons learnt so we can make changes.  The full report can be found here: SAR - Valerie and Ian March 2021.

New: Organisational abuse policy

The Safeguarding Adult Board has signed off a new policy to manage organisational abuse safeguarding enquiries. It will be supplemented by guidance for relevant organisations. The policy can be found here: Organisational abuse policy.

Domestic abuse help at pharmacies – Ask For ANI

In January the Home Office launched a domestic abuse codeword scheme. Anyone at risk of, or suffering, domestic abuse can ask for ANI when visiting a pharmacy to discreetly indicate they need help.

More information is available at

Edition 4: January 2021

Safeguarding Awareness Week (SAW2020) - evaluation

Thanks for everyone who contributed to the virtual SAW20 which took place 16–20 November.  Training events were held both locally and regionally.  They included – learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews, frauds and cybercrime, supporting refugees and asylum seeker, how to raise a high-quality safeguarding concern and working with adults who self-neglect and/or hoard.  726 workers and volunteers attended events during the week (including children’s training).

Thanks to the CCG for producing a new video, Speak up on abuse as part of Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020 Barnsley

Thanks to the communications teams who reached 127,544 people via Facebook with 7,912 unique reach and 14, 705 impressions.

The launch event was supported by Dan Jarvis, Cllr Jenny Platts and representatives from the Board members.

Planning for SAW21 will commence in March, if you have any suggestions for topics or would like to offer some training please contact Cath by email

Organisational abuse policy in development

The Safeguarding Board is working on a new policy to identify and manage organisational abuse.  If you would like to comment, please contact Cath for a copy.  Email  It is hoped to sign this off in March 2021.

New wilful neglect guidance

New guidance has been produced to help workers and volunteers identify and respond to wilful neglect of adults. It can be found under the information for professionals and volunteers

New leaflet to leave with the adult after a face to face discussion about safeguarding and their “outcomes”

A new leaflet has been approved by the SAFE group and endorsed by the Safeguarding Board.  It will be printed and available to collect in February.  See attached.  

If you would like printed copies, contact Cath to agree how you can do this. Email

SAFE group

The Safeguarding Adults Forum by Experience (SAFE) is keen to recruit NEW members.  You don’t have to have had experience of safeguarding to join.  The group meets bi-monthly and travel costs are paid.  If you are keen to help keep adults in Barnsley safe and can spare a couple of hours, please email Cath

Safeguarding /Multi Agency training

Jon Douglass is looking forward to working with you to design the new safeguarding adults and MCA training calendar for 2021/2022.  We are exploring creating a safeguarding champions network and providing training materials to assist you deliver high quality safeguarding training in your own organization.  If you are interested in learning more about this or have any suggestions for training topics. Email Jon

National Bereavement Service

Sadly, many adults have experienced bereavements due to Covid, a new service is available.  You can find out more information at The Good Grief Trust

Edition 3: November 2020

South Yorkshire Victim Care Award for SYP Colleague

DS Adrienne Sheekey works with the Domestic Abuse Team in Barnsley she was nominated and was awarded the award for her exceptional victim care and compassion. She continually goes out of her way to ensure the most vulnerable feel supported, exceeding the expected standards and inspiring others to do the same.

Chief Superintendent Sarah Poolman said: “Adie is a dedicated, caring, supportive and tenacious officer, who relentlessly commits herself to safeguarding victims of domestic abuse in order to protect them and future victims from significant harm. Her drive and commitment to protecting the vulnerable seems to be ever increasing and for that reason, she is thoroughly deserving of this award.”

NEW tool kit – help prevent or respond to financial abuse.

Thanks to Andy Foster and Danielle Lee (SYP) for sharing this information.

Safeguarding team at Barnsley Hospital

Barnsley Hospitals NEW safeguarding team are:

Head of Safeguarding

  • Gill Pepper – mobile 07972 772015

Named nurses

  • Lindsay Hood (Adults) – telephone 01226 436198
  • Nikki Kelly (Children) – telephone 01226 432618
  • Dawn Gibbon (Maternity) – telephone 01226 435887


  • Dawn Talabi (Adults) – telephone 01226 435981
  • Sarah King (Children) – telephone 01226 435724
  • Joanne Poskitt (Midwifery) – telephone 01226 435885

New e-Learning in development

The updated safeguarding adults at risk e-learning package is available free of charge –

Additional e-learning covering:

  • Self neglect and hoarding
  • How to raise a high quality safeguarding concern

Will be available early in 2021. If you would like to be involved in testing these in advance of going live please email

Multi Agency Trainer – Safeguarding Adults

We are delighted to confirm that we appointed a multi-agency trainer who will lead on developing, delivering and embedding high quality safeguarding training locally and regionally. More in the January newsletter.

Sad news

Pat Durie, one of the founding members of the SAFE (Safeguarding Adults Forum by Experience) sub-group died in October. Pat was passionate about safeguarding and she regularly attended the Safeguarding Adults Board Meetings to represent SAFE. Pat’s ability to challenge, her infectious smile and sense of fun will be missed! We send our condolences to her family and friends.

Safeguarding Awareness Week 16 – 20 November 2020

Despite lock down a wide range of training was provided for staff and volunteers. Thanks to all who gave their time to deliver the sessions and the workers and volunteers who attended. A full update will be included in the next newsletter. A new safeguarding video for the public was produced – it will be online soon!

Help prevent cybercrime

PROTECT YOUR PASSWORD in 3 easy steps.

  1. Create a separate password for your email account.
  2. Use 3 random words.
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA).

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website . Please share with colleagues, customers and if appropriate share via social media channels using our Protect your Password Campaign Pack.

Edition 2: September 2020

Return of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s (SYFR) fire safety checks

SYFR are returning to carrying out home safety checks across properties in South Yorkshire. The checks are in line with stringent risk assessments issued by the National Fire Chief's Council guidelines for COVID-19. To minimise the time they spend in properties they're currently only carrying out the fire risk assessment elements to ensure they're leaving members of the public fire safe after their visits.

For more information contact Amanda Thompson – phone 07771 500729 or email

New safeguarding post at Barnsley Hospital

Barnsley Hospital have appointed a Head of Safeguarding. Gill Pepper will take up this role later this year.  This post will strengthen and develop the trust’s ability to safeguard adults and children. 

Safeguarding Adults Annual Report 2019 to 2020

Barnsley Council elected members scrutinised the annual report this month. The report is available on the safeguarding adults website in the annual report section.

Berneslai Homes – new vulnerability framework

Berneslai Homes have recently revised their established vulnerability strategy. This is an extremely important and useful protocol that should be used whenever any employee or contractor of Berneslai Homes feel it is appropriate and they are concerned about something that ‘doesn’t look right.’

Berneslai Homes recognises the importance of early intervention and identification of any difficulties their tenants and their households may be experiencing so that they can work together with colleagues across the partnership to provide support, information and guidance and ensure that safeguarding concerns are identified as early as possible.

Further information can be obtained from the Berneslai Homes Housing Management Team.

Exciting opportunity to work with the Safeguarding Adults Board

A multi-agency safeguarding adult’s trainer is needed to support the work of the board (4 days). For more details look at the council’s job vacancy website: Multi agency trainer - adults.

The closing date is 25 September 2020.

Safeguarding Awareness Week (SAW) – 16 to 20 November

For more information visit the dedicated Safeguarding Awareness Week webpage to identify training and events you can attend.

If you have an event you'd like to include please contact Cath Erine: email

Summary guidance and flow charts

The following documents can be found on the safeguarding adults website under information for professionals and volunteers.

  • Summary guidance – self neglect and hoarding. A flow chart and short summary document are available to support workers to navigate the full policy. This is in the self-neglect and hoarding section.
  • PIPOT flow chart (people in positions of trust). A flow chart available to help workers identify and respond to concerns about workers and volunteers. This is in the operational guidance section.

New policy

  • Factitious illnesses – responding to adults who are frequently brought to unnecessary medical appointments. This is in the policies/procedures/legislation section.

Edition 1: June 2020

Welcome – new members of BSAB

We're delighted to welcome:

  • Susan Brook - Barnsley CCG
  • Julie Chapman - Adult Social Care
  • Lindsay Hood - Barnsley Hospital
  • Becky Hoskins - Barnsley Hospital
  • Sam Rose - Probation

Find out more about the board on the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board webpage, including our plans for 2020 to 2021.

Updated policies - summary guidance and flow charts to follow

These can be found on the safeguarding adults website under information for professionals and volunteers.

  • Self-neglect and hoarding – now includes a separate risk score for adults who hoard. Includes contact details of all key agencies and more detailed legal guidance. This is in the self-neglect and hoarding section.
  • Person in positions of trust (PIPOT) - now includes dealing with abuse in other areas. This is in the policies/procedures/legislation section.

Self-neglect - safeguarding adults review

We've completed a SAR into the death of Clive who died as a result of self-neglect. Thanks to his family for contributing. The report can be found on the safeguarding adult reviews (SARs) webpage. Clive died alone at home weighing six stones, in an unheated house due to worries about money. He struggled to access payments via the DWP due to his inability to leave his home.

Key learning – the impact of bereavement and need to provide home support for adults who are 'unable' to attend appointments. Need to work together to share information and manage the risks. Action plans will be monitored by the board to embed the learning.

A learning event will be held later in the year – if you're interested in attending contact Cath Erine by emailing

Safeguarding Awareness Week  (SAW) – postponed

SAW 2020 will now be from 16 to 20 November 2020.

Due to COVID-19 we've moved the South Yorkshire SAW from 6 to 12 July to 16 to 20 November.

If you'd like to be involved in the planning or have any suggestions for events during the week please contact Cath Erine by emailing

New leaflets

  • Making safeguarding personal
  • What is safeguarding?

If you're talking to an adult about their safeguarding concerns and what they want to happen, this will help you with that conversation. It was developed by the SAFE customer group. Your feedback would be much appreciated.

Printed copies are available if you can display them where the public can pick them up. Email for copies of the free leaflet.

You can find them in the information for professionals and volunteers section of the website.

See Me and Care campaign

The See Me and Care campaign is organised by Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board. It's aimed at health and social care workers. It's all about putting 'yourself in others shoes' and thinking about the level of care you provide and whether this is how you would like yourself or those you care for to be treated.

See Me and Care video

Thank you to Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board for letting us use this video.

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