11 February 2015

Art for children’s sake

Children and young people in Brighton & Hove are being asked to express their views on some key safety issues through a drawing competition.

The competition has been launched by the city’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to mark National Safeguarding Day on February 28.

The LSCB want to highlight a number of issues for children, including being affected by cyber bullying, having a disability, and being a young person who looks after a family member.

The themes of the competition are:

  • ‘the dangers of cyber bullying’
  • 'a day in the life of a young carer’
  • ‘I am a young person with a disability’.

All primary and secondary schools in the city are being invited to take part. The closing date is March 27.

The first prize is a day at Preston Park Fire Station. The second prize is a £20 iTunes voucher, and the third prize is a £10 voucher to spend on art supplies.

The independent chairperson of the LSCB, Graham Bartlett, said: “We think this competition will be a fun way for children and young people to express their views on some difficult safety issues.

“Adults and professionals who work with children and young people need to make sure they do everything we can to let them communicate their worries and concerns. We need this feedback.”

The chair of the children’s children and young people committee, Councillor Sue Shanks, said: “We have a number of very good groups in the city such as the Youth Council, the Children in Care Council and the Disabled Young People’s Council (‘AhA!’) where young people can talk about concerns they may have about safety issues.

“This competition is a great idea because it recognizes that not all children can or wish to express their concerns verbally and gives them a whole other channel of communication.”

For full details of how to enter the competition please check with your school or contact the LSCB’s Business Manager, Mia Brown, on 07584 217256 or at mia.brown@brighton-hove.gov.uk


Entries should be drawn, painted or computer aided on no bigger than an A4-size of paper, with the original being sent – along with a name (although anonymous submissions are accepted), age, school details, plus a contact telephone number or email address, to: LSCB Drawing competition, Local Safeguarding Children Board, Moulsecoomb North Hub, Hodshrove Lane, Brighton BN2 4SE, or email LSCB@Brighton-Hove.gov.uk Please note photos and films must not be submitted.

Joint submissions are accepted and more than one entry can be submitted. Non-winning entries may also be used on an online gallery and any LSCB materials (this can include, but is not limited to, LSCB Newsletters, Training materials, leaflets and posters). The LSCB reserves the right to remove entries from the competition if they are deemed inappropriate or offensive.

First round winning entries will be chosen via online voting which will be open to the public and will take place throughout April 2015. The final winner and two runners up will be chosen by the Participation & Engagement Subcommittee and announced on the LSCB website the week beginning 11 May 2015.