South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is taking part in Barnsley’s Safeguarding Awareness Week – the first of its kind in South Yorkshire.
The theme for the event is ‘Safeguarding is Everybody’s Business’ and the week will be officially launched by Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. A wide range of partners are taking part including Barnsley Council, Barnsley Hospital, Barnsley College, Public Health and Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.
Updates and events will be posted throughout the week on social media using the #barnsleySAW16 hashtag, with people being encouraged to share their “hand heart” photos.
Our safeguarding children team and 0-19 service health visitor leads will be at the Better Barnsley shop on Cheapside in the centre of Barnsley on Tuesday 5 July talking to members of the public about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
Karen Clayton, Safeguarding Advisor, said: “Safeguarding really is everyone’s business we are going to be in Barnsley town centre to raise awareness of CSE. We will be explaining to people what CSE is, how to spot the signs and what to do if you are worried about a child.”
Worried about a child?
If you’re worried that a child or young person’s at risk of harm or abuse, it’s vital that you tell someone. We’re not asking you to make judgments or interfere unnecessarily in other people’s lives; we just want to make sure that the child or young person gets the help, support and protection they may need.
Who to tell
If you think the child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 or 01142 202020.
If the child’s not in immediate danger, but you’re still concerned about them, call our social care assessment service on (01226) 772423 (weekdays before 5pm). Call our emergency duty team on 08449 841800 if you’re calling after 5pm, at weekends or bank holidays.
You can report your concern anonymously if you prefer. If you do give us your details, we’ll store them securely and keep them. confidential.
If you don’t feel comfortable calling any of the above, tell a health visitor, School Nurse, a doctor or another professional you trust about your concerns.