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

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.

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 

In 2018 the Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board was notified of the very sad deaths of two Barnsley residents.  “Mrs. T” was 86 years old when she died in a house fire that was thought to have started in a metal coal bucket. “RG” was 68 years old when he died, the cause of his death was confirmed as cirrhosis of the liver and Sertraline toxicity.  “Mrs. T” and “RG” engaged in hoarding behaviour and there was a history of self-neglect in both cases.

The Safeguarding Adults Board concluded that although incredibly sad, the circumstances of their deaths did not meet the threshold for an independent Safeguarding Adults Review. However, potential learning was identified through a Lessons Learnt Review.

Please see these short briefing papers for practitioners accessed via

Safeguarding Adults Board website

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