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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger phone the police on 999. If you’re not able to speak, press 55 at any time and you’ll be automatically transferred to the police.

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding means keeping people safe from harm, abuse, and neglect. We want all our tenants to be safe and happy in their homes and we work in partnership with Barnsley Council to do as much as possible to prevent abuse happening by raising awareness and understanding.

Signs that someone might need safeguarding support include:

  • Hoarding – a home full of clutter, or a person who finds it difficult or impossible to throw things away
  • Poor living conditions – a home that isn’t clean or safe
  • Needing more support than usual – someone isn’t coping as well on their own as they used to
  • A change in mood – someone who isn’t their usual self and might seem angry, upset, or quieter than normal
  • Self-neglect – someone isn’t eating well, taking their medication, or taking care of their personal hygiene
  • Signs of physical harm – someone who has new cuts and bruises or who has punch holes in walls or broken doors
  • Being harassed – someone who is getting unwanted behaviour which makes them feel scared, hurt, or upset
  • Child abuse - this can be physical, sexual or emotional, and signs can include changes in behaviour as well as injuries like cuts, bruises and burns
  • Financial abuse - someone who shows signs or evidence of this

This list is not exhaustive. There may be other circumstances which are not listed. 

Get help with safeguarding issues

Registered address:

10th floor, Gateway Plaza, off Sackville St, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2RD

Berneslai Homes Limited is a company controlled by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, number 4548803