Adult Safeguarding

Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team 01226 787789

CCG’s safeguarding policy

This policy covers both adults and children

Flow chart /Referral Form

Safeguarding flow chart

Adult social care referral form this can be used not only for safeguarding concerns but also to highlight welfare concerns and to request an assessment of social care needs. 

DASH risk checklist for domestic abuse victims - before filling in MARAC form

MARAC referral form - Domestic Abuse - referral form found half way down the website page


Protocol for responding to concerns about a person in a position of trust (PiPoT)

Domestic Abuse

Process for Responding to Domestic Abuse in GP Practices

IDVA ( Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) - Barnsley Services- 01226 320112

ASHIANA- Sheffield - to help Ethnic minorities experiencing domestic abuse tel - 0114 255 5740

Regional domestic violence online course 

Safelives webpage contains resources for general practitioners who come into contact with victims of domestic abuse. explains the MARAC process, the DASH referral form and how you can share information to keep victims of domestic abuse and their families safe. 

Sexual Abuse

Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Services - Information for GP's about rape and sexual assault 

Human Trafficking 

Human trafficking referral pathway 

Female Genital Mutilation FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - guide for healthcare professionals 

Registration for the Female Genital Mutilation enhanced data set

RCGP FGM Resources 

Terms used for FGM 

Vulnerable Adults

VARMM -Barnsley Multi-agency Procedure for Vulnerable Adults Risk Management Meetings

provides a framework to support professionals working with adults who are deemed to have mental capacity and who are at risk due to  

severe self-neglect,

refusal to engage with services

or abuse by a third party,

where that risk may lead to significant harm or death.

The VARMM procedures and management  guidance can also be used to consider other risk situations, such as where an adult is a ‘frequent caller’ to services or where a single agency is struggling to maintain a high risk situation and a risk management meeting needs to be convened.

Self Neglect and Hoarding Policy

The purpose of this Policy and Procedure is to set out a framework to coordinate the responses of multiple agencies to people who self-neglect and/or hoard by maximising the use of existing services and resources, and  create a safer and healthier environment for the individual and others affected by their hoarding and/or self-neglecting behaviour.   This policy can be accessed here.

In addition to the policy Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board website has a section that contains a Summary of the policy. The Self-Neglect and Hoarding Risk Matrix Tool and the Self-Neglect and Hoarding Meeting Template. There is also a little 5 minute video. You can access this here.


New guidance for Adults who Did Not Attend (DNA) appointments: A recent Safeguarding Adult Review highlighted that a change in process is needed for adults who are unable to attend GP appointments independently and who miss appointments (usually recorded as ‘Did Not Attend’). This guidance is based on the established ‘Was Not Brought’ guidance for children, developed by the CCG Children Safeguarding Leads at BCCG.

Useful Websites and Information 

Safeguarding Adults Board website

The Safeguarding Adult Board is a useful source of information and has a dedicated section for professionals. Included in this section is the learning from local SARs (Safeguarding Adult Reviews) are short briefing papers for practitioners accessed via:

The most recent of these is CLIVE which was published in June 2020. Clive died as a result of self-neglect alone at home weighing around 6 stone in a unheated house due to worries about money. He struggled to access payments from Department of Work and Pensions due to being unable to his inability to leave his home. The key learning from the review was the impact of bereavement, the need to provide home support for individuals unable to attend appointments and the importance of services working together to manage risks.

A learning event is planned for late 2020 and anyone who is interested in attending should contact

Barnsley Safeguarding Adults annual report

Barnsley safeguarding Adults Board publish a report every year telling you what we've been doing to improve the safety of adults in Barnsley and to explain what we've completed from our strategic plan.  The most recent report can be accessed here. 

BSAB Newsletters

2020 June Newsletter 

Adult Safeguarding: Roles and Competencies for Health Care Staff - intercollegiate document

Contacting Adult Safeguarding for Deaf and hard of hearing people

Information Sharing - Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers

National Guidelines

Next of Kin: Understanding decision making authorities