Child Protection and Safeguarding

New Writing North (the organization behind Cuckoo and Young Writers’ City) is committed to ensuring that all young people are given the opportunity to participate fully in our programme without being put at risk. We believe that young people should be treated with respect and dignity, and that they should be free to take part in our activities in safety.

We have a zero tolerance approach to:

  • Bullying
  • Verbal, physical or sexual abuse
  • Discrimination of any sort

We reserve the right to temporarily or permanently exclude anyone whose behaviour is unacceptable.

All members of our staff and artists who work with us (for example, lead writers at Cuckoo writing groups) are asked to read and adhere to our Safeguarding Policy.

If you ever feel anyone is behaving inappropriately, if you are being bullied or excluded, or have any other concerns, please let us know. If you are able, tell someone as soon as the incident occurs (e.g. a group leader or someone working on the project). If that is not appropriate, you can also get in touch with Lizzie Nixon at the New Writing North office using the contact details below.

Lizzie Nixon
0191 204 8850 (office) / 07411 027116 (mobile)

After you have got in touch with us, we will do all we can to address your concerns and ensure your safety is protected. We can’t promise we won’t tell anyone, but we can promise we’ll only tell those who need to know and who can help.

We will ensure you are kept up to date on what has happened and how we are dealing with it.

To read our Safeguarding Policy in full, please contact us to ask for a copy.