Article: Welcome to Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board Website

If you work with children and young people, you'll want to do whatever you can to make sure they're looked after properly, kept safe and protected from harm. Whether you're a teacher, social worker, health practitioner, a volunteer, or work in any other field with children and young people in the borough, we hope you find the information on the site useful.

If you're a parent or carer looking for advice about keeping your family safe, take a look at our 'parents and carers' pages. 

If you're a young person worried about your own or another young person's safety, we've included some useful links to a range of support services who will listen to your worries and help you get things sorted out. Just click on the 'children and young people' tab on your left.

For anyone who is concerned about a child or young person and needs someone to talk to, just follow the advice on our 'What to do if you are worried about a child page'.

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365 Partnership News is our newsletter combining information from Barnsley's Safeguarding Children Board, Children's Trust, Ofsted Improvement Board and Anti-Poverty Board.  The latest copies are available here

Edition 5 - February 2014

Edition 6  - March 2014

Edition 7 - May 2014

Edition 8 July 2014

Following an Ofsted inspection in 2012 of our Safeguarding and Looked After Children's Services we have now been inspected again in June 2014.  The  judgement of our services, including for the first time the Safeguarding Board, has moved from 'inadequate' for child protection services and 'adequate' for looked-after children services to an overall judgement of 'requires improvement' (the replacement judgement for 'adequate).  The experiences and progress of care leavers was judged as 'good'.  This change reflects the strong progress we have made on our improvement journey to secure the improved judgement

Following the June 2012 Inspection Barnsley Council was issued with an Improvement Notice.  This Notice includes details of the actions that the Council must take to improve the overall effectiveness of Barnsley's Safeguarding Children's Services and better protect children.

In response to our original Ofsted judgment and Improvement Notice we developed a Safeguarding Improvement Plan which impacts on the work of Children and Young People's Services and all of our partner agencies who work together to safeguard children. This Plan has now evolved into a Continuous Service Improvement Plan as we seek to consolidate and embed the improvements to services that we have introduced over the past two years. 

Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board Policies and Procedures are available here