Safeguarding Awareness Week

Rotherham Safeguarding Awareness Week 2020 goes virtual

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Rotherham’s Safeguarding Awareness Week, 16-20 November 2020 looked very different this year. All our events, communications and conversations were online. We used social media and our websites to highlight real and important safeguarding matters which affect communities and individuals across Rotherham.

During the week activity was shared on social media and went a long way to starting conversations about safeguarding. We encouraged people to use the hashtags #SAW20 #safeguardingweek20 #training #awareness.

Partners from Health and Rotherham Council reported the following activity:

  • Tweets were seen 28,450 times

  • People interacted with the tweets over 3000 times

  • Facebook posts reached 23,737 people

  • 700 clicked Facebook links - demonstrating excellent engagement

  • Rotherham partners ran their own Internal promotions throughout the week which reached 25,000 recipients.

  • Partners circulated videos on social media, viewing rates reached 5000 views

Child Sexual Exploitation

Rotherham Safe Places

Out of the Woods’, NHS England. A story about the importance of identifying young carers in their own words


Launch Event - 16 November

To mark the start of the week a pre recorded launch event took place, which included a short film. ‘What Safeguarding Means To Me’ made by Rotherham partners and Rotherham Youth Cabinet.  

40+ professionals heard messages from Cllr Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Jenny Myers Independent Chair Rotherham Safeguarding Children Partnership, and Moira Wilson, Independent Chair Rotherham Safeguarding Adults Boards. 



Throughout the week, there was a variety of local, regional and national virtual events for professionals.  The South Yorkshire regional conferences drew attention to Fraud, Exploitation, County Lines and Modern Slavery.

Locally, 37 events were delivered by Rotherham partners and attended virtually by over 400 frontline professionals. Some of the key topics were self-neglect and hoarding, suicide awareness; domestic abuse, criminal exploitation. Feedback has been very positive. The majority of participants agreed their learning outcomes  were met and their practice will improve following attendance. 

Comments included, ‘very interesting’, ‘very informative,’ ‘Gave good insight & understanding of Mental Health.' ‘Extremely informative’. ‘It gave some good tips on how to engage with a person who is showing suicidal tendencies.’

Community and Voluntary Sector Snowdrop Project, Rotherham Rise, SayIT, Change, Grow, Live Rotherham, Cloverleaf Advocacy delivered virtual events across the week, which were attended by over 80+ professionals.

Across Educational settings it was also #AntiBullying Week where all children and young people were given access to the Anti-Bullying Alliance resources developed around the theme, United Against Bullying.  Aswell, Public Health England  launched a new NHS approved campaign around children and young people’s mental wellbeing.

Throughout the week public information stands were held in hospital receptions.  A borough wide outreach and engagement virtual offer was delivered by Rotherham Council, Early Help and Engagement  team and reached 6000 people on Facebook. Topics included:  Stranger Danger, Top Tips for Managing Worries, Young Mind Crises, Teenage Mental Health.


Beyond #SAW20 

We appreciate that not everyone could attend our events during these unprecedented times.  Most events, workshops have been recorded and will be available for download (along with resources) very soon….

Safeguarding Week 2020

The annual safeguarding awareness week is planned for Monday 16th to Friday 20th November 2020. You can read about this year’s Safeguarding Awareness Week and enrol on events.

Rotherham Safeguarding Children Partnership, Rotherham Safeguarding Adults Board along with Safer Rotherham Partnership are working together to host safeguarding week 2020 – November 16th – 20th.

The key message is that ‘Safeguarding is Everybody's Business’.

Some of the key themes within safeguarding awareness week this year are :

  • Domestic abuse and the impact for adults and children

  • Transition safeguarding and from child to adulthood

  • Trauma informed practice and how abuse impacts on children and adults

  • Mental Health and suicide (Be The One)

  • Teenagers living with mental health needs

  • Children living with parental mental health needs

A variety of online workshops / webinars are available to PROFESSIONALS, WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS and there are events for the public.

For some events you'll need to book a place to attend. Keep checking this webpage and we'll be adding events throughout October and November.

It's never too late to plan an event for Safeguarding Week!

Simply email us your flyer at and we will make sure we advertise it alongside our programme.


SAW 2019

Campaign resources

We would like you to hold information stands across your organisation and at public access points to raise awareness and share information about local support groups

Safeguarding Awareness Week resources

Events for the public

See the 2020 events for the public

Events for professionals, workers and volunteers

See the 2020 events for professionals