We want people to feel safe when they’re out and about in Barnsley.
We’ve developed a scheme called Barnsley Safe Places, with the police and local businesses. You can use the scheme to get help if you feel unsafe. You can go to a Safe Place if you’re lost, have somebody harassing you, or feel worried for another reason.
Who can use Safe Places?
The Safe Places scheme is for anyone who might feel vulnerable when they’re out and about. This may include people who have autism; dementia; learning disabilities; mental health issues; physical or sensory impairments.
How it works
When you’re out and about, look for the Safe Places window sticker shown on this page. It will be displayed in public buildings, shops and businesses that are signed up to the scheme.
If you need help, you can go into any of these places and tell staff you need a safe place. They'll contact your family or carer to come and help. You can stay there until you feel better.
You can register for the scheme by filling in our online form. You can still use the scheme if you haven’t yet registered. Once you’ve registered, we'll keep you up-to-date on events and let you know of any new Safe Places.
You can also download and print a copy of our Safe Place Z-Card. You can write your name on the card and the name of someone who can be contacted if you need help. Z-Cards also have pictures on them. You can point at the pictures to show staff at Safe Places what problems you're experiencing.
You don’t need to show your Z-Card to use the scheme. If you can keep it handy, staff at Safe Places will find it easier to help you.
Where to find Safe Places
You can email us for an updated list of shops and business registered with the Barnsley Safe Places Scheme.
Check the Disabled Go website if you need to see if a Safe Place is accessible.
If you’re visiting a place outside Barnsley, it’s worth checking online if they're part of a Safe Places scheme. Just put the name of the town and the words ‘safe places scheme’ in your search. Nearby Safe Places include Wakefield, Sheffield and Leeds.
How to become a Safe Place
Shops and business in the Barnsley area can become Safe Places by emailing us to ask for details. We’ll visit your premises and give advice and training as part of the scheme.
Reporting hate and harassment
If you’ve felt harassed, or have experienced a hate crime, find out how to report it here.