South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020 is coming!

Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020 #SAW20 will run from 16 to 20 November 2020 and preparations are already well underway for a week packed with training, activities and events which will be the fifth time Barnsley (we were the first in South Yorkshire) will have had an annual Safeguarding Awareness Week.

All the BSCP and BSAB events will be in a programme for the week on the safeguarding websites and you can book on via POD, unless other details are given.  

The safeguarding awareness week events will be updated regularly between now and November. Each item will explain what the event is about, when and where it is being held, who it is aimed at and who the lead agency is.  There will also be details of how to book on to events.

Safeguarding Adults Board newsletters

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

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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