Why work with us & Policies

Why work with us?

The term, why work with us, entitles many companies web-pages, and so it should. Telling our clients, how we differ from other companies offering a similar service, should be a key factor in your decision making process.

There are allot of individual artists, and arts agencies, that deliver or facilitate the delivery of children’s and youth arts workshops, activities and courses, so why chose Nugent education.

Firstly, unlike many individual artists, we have a plethora of different artists to choose from, so sickness doesn’t ensure an ongoing project collapses. We have replacement artists on standby, ready to deliver the workshops if there is a problem.

Also, we differ from allot of companies, in that our artists, not only deliver workshops, but many are active in their chosen artists professions. That means we have DJ’s, graffiti artists and dancers that enter competitions’, rappers who are flown across the Ocean to rap at concerts and so on. We find this adds to the excitement, and encourages children and young people. They can tell who is good at what they do.

Furthermore, with key staff members arising from the education sector (as teachers and lecturers); we are well placed to plan and organise workshops that embody educational content and learning g requirements. More than just an agency, we help plan and advice clients on how to say, embody an anti bullying workshop utilising rap or graffiti art. It’s also, often the case that a workshop or series of workshops is part of a curriculum, or has specific objects, and we have extensive knowledge and experience in this area.

Our company feedback from youth workers, teachers and head teachers (and so on), is evidence of our ability to meet both client, and participant needs.

Nugent education Limited is a registered provider for a dozen council areas, and schools, youth cubs and other children’s organisations book, then re-book our services continually.

We can organise activities with as little as a weeks notice, so get in touch at any point!

Safeguarding

Nugent Education Safeguarding policy 2019

Nugent Education Ltd works with children, young people as part of its arts activities and workshops service.

We provide a wide range of arts workshops and activities. These include rap, graffiti art, African drumming and Japanese origami and more.

The purpose of this policy statement is:

• to protect children and young people who receive Nugent Education’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services.
• to provide parents, staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection.

This policy statement applies to anyone working on behalf of Nugent Education, including self-employed sessional workers, agency staff and students.

We believe that:

• children and young people should never experience abuse of any kind
• we have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people, to keep them safe and to practise in a way that protects them.

We recognise that:

• the welfare of the child is paramount
• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
• some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

• valuing, listening to and respecting them
• developing child protection and safeguarding policies and procedures which reflect best practice
• using our safeguarding procedures to share concerns and relevant information with agencies who need to know, and involving children, young people, parents, families and carers appropriately

• developing and implementing an effective online safety policy and related procedures
• sharing information about child protection and safeguarding best practice with children, their families, staff and volunteers via leaflets, posters, group work and one-to-one discussions
• ensuring all necessary checks are made
• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures
• making known a code of conduct for self-employed practitioners
• using our procedures to manage any allegations against self-employed practitioners
• ensuring that we have effective complaints and whistleblowing measures in place
• ensuring that we provide a safe physical environment for our children, young people, self-employed practitioners , by applying health and safety measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance

This policy statement should be read alongside our organisational policies and procedures, including:

• Procedures for responding to concerns about a child or young person’s wellbeing
• Dealing with allegations of abuse against a child or young person
• Managing allegations against staff and volunteers
• Safer recruitment policy and procedures
• Code of conduct for self-employed practitioners

This policy was last reviewed on 05/01/2019

Nugent Education Code of Conduct

Code of Behaviour/Conduct This Code of Conduct has been drawn up in order to support Nugent Education arts workshop practitioners and volunteers to inform their work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The principles outlined are aimed at protecting them especially, when working in isolation and vulnerable situations. In recognising the issues highlighted in the staff Code of Conduct, Nugent Education Ltd recommends the following.

When assuming positions of responsibility it doesn’t make sense to:

• Spend excessive time alone with children away from others.
• Take children alone on car journeys no matter how short.
• Take children to their home if there are not going to be any other adults there.
Arts workshop practitioners are advised to pay particular attention to the use of cameras and mobile phones with cameras. Under no circumstances must photographs be taken without prior consent of a parent (under 18) or the group. Even then, it is advisable to have

Arts workshop practitioners should never:

• Engage in inappropriate physical contact
• Engage in rough physical games including horseplay
• Allow participants to draw or write lyrics about criminal or sexual things
• Allow or engage in inappropriate touching of any form.
• Allow children to use inappropriate language unchallenged.
• Make sexually suggestive comments about or to a child even in fun.
• Let allegations a child makes go unreported or unrecorded.
• Do things of a personal nature for children that they can do themselves.
• Establish relationships or have discussions with participants that may have sexual overtones

In terms of workshops artists should always:

• Arrive early to set up.
• Plan effectively for the age delivered to.
• Bring the correct resources.
• Bring photographic ID.

Artists who deliver for us need to email back to confirm that they have read and understood our code of conduct. And also, they need to sign the self-declaration form!

Leighton Nugent (Director)
Nugent Education Ltd