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NHS Barnsley CCG has a statutory responsibility for ensuring the organisations from which it commissions services provide a safe system that safeguards children and vulnerable adults. 

Children and young people 

The CCG has a statutory duty to be a member of the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Safeguarding Adult Board working in partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council to fulfil its safeguarding responsibilities.

Keeping young people and children safe is everyone's business. If you have the slightest concerns about a child or young person's welfare please don't ignore it - do something about it.

If you suspect a child under the age of 18 who lives in the Barnsley borough is being neglected, mistreated, or abused, you should inform Directorate for Children, Young People and Families.  You can ring any of the Barnsley social care teams during office hours, or the emergency duty team if you're concerned outside office hours, at weekends or on public holidays, on the numbers below.

However, if you believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the police.

For the full list of telephone numbers click here.


Everyone has the right to live without fear of being abused and with their rights and choices respected.   Some people are more vulnerable than others due to disability, illness or age and may be unable to protect themselves from being harmed. Some have difficulty making their wishes and feelings known and this may make them vulnerable to abuse.   A vulnerable adult means any person aged 18 years or over who may need help due to:

  • A learning/physical or sensory disability
  • Frailty due to age
  • Mental health problems or dementia
  • A drug/alcohol problem
  • A physical illness
  • A brain injury  

Relatives, neighbours and members of the public all have a responsibility to take action if the safety or welfare of a vulnerable adult is causing concern. You can make a difference by being aware that abuse can happen and reporting any concerns you may have.   Barnsley Adult Social Services and partner organisations are working together to make life safer for adults who are most at risk of being abused, neglected or exploited.  

In South Yorkshire we have joint policies and procedures to ensure that the relevant services including social services, the police and others work together to help and support adults with health and social care needs who may have been the victim of abuse.

For full details visit the safeguarding adults website detailed below.