Safeguarding Week Writing Competition

The Telegraph and Argus along with Bradford Council are offering young people the opportunity to enter the “It’s Everybody’s Business” writing competition, supporting Safeguarding Week.

Safeguarding Week takes place this week. The theme is “Its Everybody’s Business”.

Safeguarding is a priority for us all. We are looking at ways in which we can raise the levels of awareness and encourage people to take steps to safeguard themselves and others.

This competition provides an opportunity for you to encourage other young people to focus on their behaviour and that of others in ensuring that we are all staying safe and addressing safeguarding issues that impact on young people and the vulnerable.

Some of the safeguarding issues affecting young people are:-

  • Bullying
  • Harassment
  • Cyber bullying
  • Social networking  and e-safety
  • Name calling
  • Strangers
  • Friendships
  • Being neighbourly v Anti Social behaviour

The theme for the week is a nationally adopted theme, “Its Everybody’s Business”, during safeguarding week we would be looking for young people to work with the theme “its everybody’s business”, to explore safeguarding issues through the medium of words…

  • How can you make other young people aware of Safeguarding issues?
  • What do parents and families need to know about Safeguarding?
  • What can or should we say to our friends?

The Brief
It is October and you have been given the power of the pen for this month. You have the world as your playground, today you want to focus on your part of the world for a change.  You have decided that it is time you have to do something about the safety of your friends and yourself.  You are asked to use no more than 200 words to say what you would like to do.  The only challenge is that you have to use your pen…

What do we need to say?  What do we need to hear?  Who do we need to tell?  What don’t we want to hear?  Who can we talk to?

The work should be no longer than 200 words and should focus on the use of “words” the impact of “words”.  How we use them, the meaning behind what we write and what is the message that is being conveyed.

To enter

  • The entrants will be judged in 3 year group categories.
  • Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
  • The works will be judged by a select panel, made up of professionals and community representatives.
  • The competition will close on the 3 November 2015 with the winner announced shortly afterwards. 
  • Prizes will include book tokens and a tour of the T&A’s newspaper production.
  • Entries should be emailed to  providing the pupil’s name, year group, school, address and contact phone number.

You can also view the news release on Bradford Council's website here.


Published: 20/10/2015
Audience: Primary schools Years 4, 5 and 6
Contact: Charles Dacres

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