Training Updates
Autumn 2019
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Hello to our friends, colleagues and partners. Welcome to the Autumn edition of Artswork's Professional Development Newsletter.

We are focusing on the importance of safeguarding in this issue with:

If you've recently attended a course and been embedding the learning from your training with us into your work since, we would love to hear from you! Contact to share your experience and feedback.


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Mark Storor’s Baa Baa Baric: Have You Any Pull? | Credit: Stephen King, 2017

Behind the Scenes: Putting Safeguarding at the heart of Heart of Glass

As a St Helens, Merseyside-based collaborative and social arts agency, Heart of Glass believe art has the power to bring people together and create real change for their community and beyond. Part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio since 2018, Heart of Glass build relationships with a wide range of individuals and groups, from children and young people, families and older people to disability groups, asylum seekers, refugees and community groups.

Heart of Glass has grown rapidly since joining the ACE National Portfolio, recruiting over half of its workforce (14 core members of staff, a range of freelance artists and producers and a small,
dedicated team of volunteers) during the last 18 months. As a result, the organisation identified in-house training as the best option for ensuring the whole team received training in safeguarding best practice for children, young people and adults at risk with the added benefit of enabling staff to share their individual concerns and challenges and gain advice on bespoke issues from the trainer. Heart of Glass’s Head of Finance and Operations Lindsey West shares their experience of Artswork Professional Development in-house training...

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“Above all else the two days that we spent with Lesley really brought to the fore our passion as a team to put the safeguarding and well-being of our community groups and wider workforce into the heart of our work."

- Lindsey West, Head of Finance and Operations, Heart of Glass


Useful Safeguarding Resources

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Write: NSPCC Guidance on photographing and recording your work with young people  

Essential for anyone working with children and young people in arts and cultural contexts, this online guide to photographing and recording children during events and activities comes from the NSPCC. It includes an example photography and filming policy statement and an example consent form to help you ensure safeguarding is at the heart of your activity with, for and by children and young people. 

Read Guide
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Listen: NSPCC Learning Podcast  

This summer, episodes of the NSPCC Learning podcast have focused on key topics related to safeguarding children and young people during activities and events, with the voice of young people at the heart of every episode.

Produced as part of a partnership led by NCVO, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery, episodes 11-17 have explored different safeguarding roles and responsibilities within the voluntary and community sector.

Listen now
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Read: Child Protection guidance from Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland and Children in Scotland has released an updated edition of its guidance on child protection for individuals and organisations delivering cultural, artistic and creative projects for, or with, children in Scotland. The guidance covers: understanding abuse and neglect; how to respond to concerns; and recruiting and supervising staff and volunteers.

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News: After 11 years at the helm of our training programme, Professional Development Manager Rachel is moving on to pastures new

We are sad to announce that long-standing team member Rachel Hall will be leaving Artswork next month to take on a new challenge. Rachel has played a huge part in taking our Professional Development Programme from strength to strength over the years and will be sorely missed by the team.

"I have very much enjoyed my time at Artswork, working for such a fantastic organisation that places young people at the heart of all that it does. It has also been a privilege to work alongside such experienced, knowledgeable and committed colleagues and trainers who all are passionate about the difference that creativity and culture can bring to the lives of young people.

The Artswork Professional Development Programme has grown and evolved over the 11 years I have worked on it, reflecting the changing needs of the creative and cultural sector. I know that it will continue to build, enhance and develop the range, diversity, safety, and quality of arts practice with, for and by children and young people across England and beyond with a new Programme Manager at the helm."

We wish Rachel the best of luck in her next endeavour! We are now on the look out for someone with the vision to continue driving this area of our work forwards. If you have excellent communication and events management skills we want to hear from you!

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Call out: Artswork's Professional Development Programme needs a new home in the West Midlands!

We are looking for a city centre-based arts, cultural or heritage venue to help us bring valuable training opportunities to creative and cultural professionals in the West Midlands.

Our network of existing training centre partners includes Battersea Arts Centre, Watershed, Yorkshire Dance and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

The benefits of being a training centre partner include:

  • Diversifying your existing offer, providing professional development opportunities that support arts and cultural organisations and practitioners in their work with, for and by children and young people in your region
  • Directly inform the programming of professional development in your region
  • Attract new audiences across the country from a wide range of arts, cultural, heritage, youth, education and local authority settings
  • Two complimentary places on all courses scheduled and delivered at your venue; plus, any additional places are offered at a subsidised rate
  • National profile through Artswork’s marketing of the course programme via the Artswork Professional Development quarterly Newsletter, regional e-shots, case studies and website

To see a full list of benefits and discover what the role of training centre partner involves click the link below.

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Upcoming Safeguarding Training Courses

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Safeguarding Adults at Risk in the Arts and Cultural Sector

10am-4:15pm, Thursday 7th November

Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

This engaging course will look at sector specific case studies and examples and will offer practical advice and tools to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around issues relating to working with adults at risk.

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Child Protection and Safeguarding in the Arts and Cultural Sectors

10am-4:15pm, Friday 15th November

Tullie House, Carlisle

The day will provide in-depth practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people.

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All Autumn 2019 Training Opportunities

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  About Artswork Professional Development  

Our comprehensive training programme has been designed to meet all your needs in your work with young people. Courses taking place next year cover topics including mentoring, behavior management, child protection and safeguarding. A full list of courses now on sale can be found on the Training & Events page of our website.

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For an informal chat about your training needs, contact the Professional Development team at Artswork via / 02380 332 491.


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