New Horizons: The Arts and Children in Challenging Circumstances

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  • New Horizons 2017
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  • Overview

    The focus of this year's New Horizons is to explore the barriers and difficulties that children in challenging circumstances face – hearing from and involving children themselves throughout, and to examine what best practice looks like, and what arts organisations need to think about in order to develop/deliver inclusive work well. 

    This event is a follow up to last year's really lively and energising New Horizons event that focused on arts and disability, during which we managed to crowdsource a ‘manifesto for change’ that people were able to take home with them at the end of the day. There's a similar intention this year too, so that people leave armed with a whole host of practical ‘take aways’.

    Our aim is to make the event as practically useful as possible, so that delegates go away more clued up - and more fired up - and with a clear idea of what they will do differently as a result of attending.

    Across the day there will be a range of provocations, conversations, and how to sessions, so that, whether you're a senior manager or a practitioner there's something of value to you. 

    Confirmed speakers include Kay Hardiman (Arts Council England), Dr Matthew Hill (Centre for Youth Impact), Philip Flood (Sound Connections), Jessica Middleton (Children in Need), Paul Webb (MAP), Anna Dever (Family Arts Campaign), and young people from The Garage Youth Forum and Sound Connections. 


  • Schedule


    Main space - Theatre

    Studio 1

    Studio 2  

    Studio 3  


    Registration (front desk/foyer)





    Introduction to day





    Opening provocations:

    Kay Hardiman,  Arts Council England

    Sally Shaw, Firstsite

    Film with young people

    Rap Battle – Lamphouse Theatre





    Conversation 1:  Hearing from the experts: What challenges are young people experiencing in their lives, and what role can the arts have in addressing some of these?

    Young people’s panel

    Garage Youth Forum

    Young Commissioners
    Nina Fine: Sound Connections

    Mathilda Arminger and Maud Webster: National Centre for Writing

    Ayesha Charles: Roundhouse.

    Chair – Tom Fox















    Conversation 2: Young voices: how can we give young people more agency in our programmes and organisations, placing them at the centre of their creative journey?


    Kavina Upadhyay, The Roundhouse

    Hanah Garrard, National Centre for Writing

    Paul Webb, MAP

    Youth Advisory Board rep

    How to Session: How to spot the signs of Exploitation


    Jonathon Cockerill, Norfolk County Council Children’s Services. Carla Hamilton, Child Criminal Exploitation Team. PC Nichola Jessop



    Conversation 3:  Walking the line: what are the key skills we need to work effectively with children and young people in challenging circumstances? 


    Chair: Adam Taylor, The Garage

    Philip Flood, Sound Connections

    Karen Smeed, Prospects

    Jess Read, Prospects

    Nicky Adamson, Festival Bridge


    Conversation 4: It’s a Family Affair: taking a holistic approach to working with children and their families

    Chair: Anna Dever, Family Arts Campaign

    Linda Bloomfield, The Albany

    Elizabeth Earnshaw, Parent Support Advisor


    How To Session: Understanding Relationships; exploring how we deal with challenges and what a “restorative” approach to those challenges means. 

    Brigitte Hyde, Restorative Approaches Coordinator, Children’s Services, NCC



    Conversation 5:  Making the Case: how can we best evidence impact and advocate for the arts and children in challenging circumstances?


    Chair:  Lucy Marder – Artswork

    Deborah Bullivant – Grimm & Co

    Dr Matthew Hill -  Centre for Youth Impact

    Nic Gratton - Cultural and Community Engagement at Staffordshire University


    Summing up:

    Feedback from conversations, action pledges, evaluation, Networking




  • Speakers

    Doctor Matthew Hill


    Dr Matthew Hill, Head of Research and Learning and Deputy Director
    Matt leads the Centre’s work evaluating open access youth services. His work develops the latest practice in impact measurement including digital collection of footfall data, systematic user feedback loops, peer-to-peer observations of quality delivery and developing a shared framework for open access provision. Matt also leads the Centre’s partnership with Ambition to co-develop their strategy and approach to embedding meaningful impact measurement, both within Ambition itself and across its membership.

    ​Matt joined the Centre in June 2017 having previously worked within NCVO’s Institute for Volunteering Research specialising in evaluations of youth volunteering programmes including vinvolved, City Year, National Citizen Service and International Citizen Service. He also has a PhD in Social Policy and guest lectures on UCL’s MSc in Public Policy.
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    Philip Flood, Director, Sound Connections 
    Philip Flood has been Director at Sound Connections since 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategy, finances and governance of the charity. In March 2018 Sound Connections was awarded four-year strategic funding from the National Foundation for Youth Music and is part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, a collective of 14 leading music organisations working together to promote diversity and cultural democracy in music education.

    Philip also leads on all major partnerships and a number of consultancy projects. Recent clients have included Andrew Lloyd Weber Foundation, Arts Council England, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Gabrieli, Greater London Authority, Saffron Hall, Wigmore Hall and numerous Music Education Hubs across England.

    Previously, he was Head of LSO Discovery, the education and learning programme for the London Symphony Orchestra, and prior to this, Education Director for Spitalfields Music and Head of Music and Media at a large inner-London Further Education college. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation and a Trustee of the Music Education Council, the umbrella body for organisations connected with music education in the United Kingdom.

    Lucy Marder

    Lucy Marder, Strategic Manager, Artswork

    Lucy joined national Youth Arts charity Artswork in April 2018 as Strategic Manager for the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton area, working as part of the senior team leading on the delivery of the Arts Council England-funded Bridge role across the South East.

    Lucy’s diverse experience includes launching the art galleries of two Museum of the Year award-winners, commissioning new work from artists and developing youth and community arts. After a decade in museums, Lucy diverted for 20 years into the world of leadership and organisational development, helping charity, public sector, and corporate clients to find their focus, embrace change and be more effective in dynamic and challenging times in the UK and then Australia. Career highlights include launching a pioneering multi-agency centre in remote rural Southern Tasmania, bringing everything from alternative sixth form provision to a magistrate’s court to a library all together under one roof. The centre has become a model for similar provision across Tasmania and in other Australian states. Lucy returned to the arts in 2013, joining the South East Museum Development Programme as Museum Development Officer and then working as Cultural Partnerships Officer from 2015, supporting museums to work collaboratively with one another, with other arts organisations and with other sectors, e.g. health, and to work internationally.

    A lifelong learning fanatic, Lucy holds a BA(Hons) in History of Art (First Class), Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies, MBA, Certificate in Social Enterprise Support, Diploma in Leadership Mentoring and Executive Coaching, plus a host of certifications in project management, training and assessment and other things that are useful in helping to bring the best out of people and organisations.

    kay hardiman

    Kay is currently working with the national team at Arts Council England supporting their strategic work with children and young people with a focus on education.
    She has over 20 years’ experience leading programmes in the arts, education, and environment sector. She is particularly interested in work that addresses inequalities of access and creates social change.

    For the last six years she has been Head of Learning at Nottingham Contemporary; an international art gallery with a strong local focus. Here she was involved in depth with “Circuit”; an action research programme working with young people aged 15- 25 years old, 10 Tate galleries and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

    As well as her interest in arts and culture with children and young people, Kay set up “The Loudspeaker Programme” in 2013 supporting women with multiple and complex needs through the arts.

    Previous arts education experience was at the Royal Academy of Dance and Laban Centre London. She has a teaching degree in Secondary School Drama and is a Governor of a Secondary School Academy.


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    I am PC Nichola Jessop and I have been a police officer for twenty three years. My current role is as a Safer Schools Officer working at The Hewett Academy and Sewell Park Academy. My role involves working with the schools to ensure safeguarding of the students and also an early intervention role to try to encourage those students who have made the wrong choice to get back on the right path and not become persistent offenders. As a team we deliver Key Constabulary Messages to all high schools in the county around internet safety, healthy relationships, CSE, teenage relationship abuse and knife crime.

    During my career I have worked the front line in the West of the county, been a detective on the Child Abuse Investigation team and in CID. This has given me a wide range of experience which enables me to carry out my current job.

    For the past six months I have been the SPOC for County Lines within the Safer Schools Team and worked to safeguard some of the most vulnerable young people in Norfolk.


    Anna Dever Anna Dever, Family Arts Campaign Manager
    As Manager for the Family Arts Campaign, Anna leads a national cross-sector initiative to raise family engagement in Arts and Culture. As one of Arts Council England’s Sector Support Organisations, the Campaign facilitates sector collaboration to meet the needs of families as well as raise awareness of cultural opportunities available to families through the Fantastic for Families programme. 
    Through the Family Arts Campaign, Anna works with and supports senior leaders within organisations by providing thought leadership and networking opportunities through the Campaign’s learning and events programme.  Anna’s role in the Campaign helps to support organisations to improve their family provision through the accreditation and guidance programmes, The Family Arts Standards and The Age Friendly Standards. 
    Prior to the Family Arts Campaign, Anna has worked for the reading charity BookTrust and devised and led national programmes to get families and children reading for pleasure. Anna also has experience in leading international cultural projects through her work at the British Council and has a passion for accessible arts and culture for all people of all ages.
    Deborah bullivant

    Deborah Bullivant, Founding Director of Grimm & Co, a charity changing lives, one story at a time) in Yorkshire

    Deborah is an educationalist, creative and social entrepreneur who built Grimm & Co on a bedrock of robust research that set out the design and philosophy blueprint for a successful Yorkshire writing centre, based in Rotherham for children and young people.

    A background that spans across all fields of education, starting as family learning tutor, then as headteacher before going on to national roles leading on quality in education. Specialising in literacy, Deborah’s consistent focus is on creative educational approaches to narrow the gap for marginalised children, young people and adults. Deborah's own career path has not followed the traditional routes but has equipped her with insider experience of tackling the steep learning curve that she draws on. Deborah has the MEd in Educational Management and MEd in Literacy and Language with the University of Sheffield and is currently finalising research for the EdD.

    Grimm & Co: The magical apothecary has been supplying evil plots, wild schemes and kitchenware to magical beings of all types (even those of a wicked persuasion) since 1148 (just before lunchtime), going visible to mortals on 29th February 2016. Hidden behind the shelves of wonder, an imagination gym puts your brain through its paces before climbing the giant bookcase to the ‘writers’ pad’. Here the true magic takes place as children and young people’s hidden writing persona is revealed, all leaving as wordsmiths down the magical beanstalk back to the mortal world.


    Brigitte Hyde - Restorative Approaches Coordinator, Children’s Services, NCC

    I’m an experienced and accredited trainer in restorative practice and have a long history of working in Norfolk’s Youth Offending Team. I plan, organise and deliver sessions to various organisations from schools to children’s home, prisons and multi-agency groups. I’m passionate about restorative practice and along with training, I also support organisations to embed RA into their teams, because we know it works.

    Restorative Practice is a fascinating field to be working in and because it’s about relationships and how people interact, I’m constantly learning on the job which is a privilege.

    Kavina Upadhyay

    Kavina Upadhyay, Learning & Youth Support Manager, The Roundhouse
    Kavina Upadhyay is the Learning & Youth Support Manager at the Roundhouse – a hub of inspiration in Camden where artists and emerging talent create extraordinary work and where young people can grow creatively as individuals. Kavina has worked extensively across the charity sector for the last ten years, almost exclusively with a focus on young people. At the Roundhouse, she oversees the pastoral offer for young people aged 11 to 25 which includes developing inclusive practices and access to Roundhouse studios and projects. A large part of her role is to ensure that young people’s voices are being represented across the creative and artistic programmes. Part of this is leading and developing the Roundhouse Youth Advisory Board (RYAB) as well as supporting the recruitment and development of the two Young Trustees that sit on the Roundhouse’s Board of Trustees. Further to that, Kavina is also leading the Entry-Level Workforce Strategy at the Roundhouse, developing and growing the trainee and apprentice offer there.  

    Ayesha Charles

    Ayesha Charles

    I am a young creative, fighting for the right to the arts and aiming to achieve clear diversity within. An actress at The National Youth Theatre and Lyric Young Company as well as The Roundhouse. The Roundhouse has completely supported me in all my endeavours new and old. I first joined the Roundhouse in 2016 on a verbatim theatre course and went on to become a Youth Advisory Board Member and now a Young Trustee. As my career choices have changed throughout the years there has always been a programme that offers the true helping hand that we all hope for. I cherish the values that The Roundhouse hold, one of which being that all young people are truly wanted rather than needed. The Roundhouse is a welcoming hub for the youth and I love that I can continue adding to the wonderful vision it provides. My core aim is to ensure that all people can be allowed to have the freedom to a creative story like mine.

    Tom Fox

    Tom Fox is a theatre practitioner and director. His work crosses disciplines such as improvisation, movement and music. He is Artistic Director of Lamphouse Theatre Company, based in Peterborough, and former Young Company Practitioner at Royal and Derngate Theatres, Northampton.

    Lamphouse Theatre tell epic stories in intimate settings, packed with live music, comedy and spontaneity. They perform with a playful mischief and create events accessible to all who attend and participate in them. They are committed to breaking down barriers with communities who do not often experience theatre. They work with engagement and learning institutions across the country to raise awareness of the power of creativity.

    As a freelance director, Tom has also worked at the National Theatre, Theatre 503, Traverse Theatre, Young Vic and Eastern Angles.

    His outreach and participation work has been commissioned by Creative Partnerships, Norfolk and Norwich Bridge, the Royal Society of Arts, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, Peterborough Presents and Small Nose Productions. Tom has worked on several large scale productions and projects with young people, including directing the Big Production at The Garage for the last two years.

    Paul Webb

    Paul Webb is MAP’s Participation Youth Work Services Manager. Paul has been involved in youth work for over 15 years, working for both voluntary and statutory organisations in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Paul currently manages a team of youth workers for MAP in Norfolk who work across the county delivering projects that emphasise early action, being young person centred, youth led and encouraging the active participation of young people. Paul is particularly passionate about the core values of youth work and supporting young people to have a voice and more importantly use it to make positive change for themselves and others.

    Nic Gratton

    Nicola Gratton

    Nic is the Lead for Cultural and Community Engagement at Staffordshire University.  She specialises in participatory action research, creative research techniques and community development and leads on a number of projects which involve local people in the research or evaluation process.  Nic teaches on a range of short courses including Participatory Action Research and Youth and Community work. She was the chair of the social impact strand for Stoke-on-Trent's bid to be City of Culture 2021 and was a core member of the bidding team.  As part of this work she coordinated the community consultation for the bid and nurtured and facilitated the SOTogether Community Advisory Network for people who lived, worked or studied in the city to influence decision making about the City of Culture bid.  Nic also manages the evaluation for Appetite (a large scale arts project in Stoke-on-Trent) and leads on the development of a Connected Communities Framework for Staffordshire University and the Cultural Observatory in partnership with Keele University.  Nic has over 20 years experience as a youth and community worker, manager, trainer and consultant.

    Jonathon Cockerill

    Jonathon Cockerill

    I have been in post working as the MASH Education Representative since January 2018 and have responsibilities liaising with partners in the Norfolk Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) around Education, providing advice, support and guidance around Safeguarding to Schools and Education settings and other partner agencies which include Police, Children Services and Health. I have overall responsibility for Operation Encompass for Children’s Services in Norfolk, which is the Domestic Abuse disclosure Scheme to Schools. Previous to this role I worked as a Police Community Support Officer for Norfolk Constabulary for four and half years with my main role during this time working as Safer Schools Officer working within High Schools in West Norfolk providing advice, support and guidance to students and staff. Through both roles I have a good knowledge and experience of working and dealing with a range of safeguarding incidents including young persons who have been or at risk of being exploited.

    Carla Hamilton

    Carla Hamilton is an Operational Manager in the Norfolk Youth Offending Team (Norfolk YOT) and holds responsibility for the new multi-agency Child Criminal Exploitation pilot project hosted by Norfolk YOT.

    Prior to this Carla had responsibility for the Harmful Sexual Behaviour work of Norfolk YOT and worked alongside the Harmful Sexual Behaviour Project Team – specifically in relation to developing interventions to address high risk sexual and harmful behaviours in adolescents. Carla has undertaken extensive training in Harmful Sexual Behaviour assessment and interventions and has a particular interest, knowledge and skill in working with young people convicted of sexual offences.

    Carla is an experienced youth worker by background and started her work with children and young people by volunteering for Norfolk YOT as a community panel member and subsequently worked for the Youth Service for a number of years. Carla specialises in working with high risk adolescents and has a wealth of experience from her time as a youth worker and as a front-line practitioner and manager in the Norfolk YOT.

    In 2016 she joined the Norfolk YOT Great Yarmouth team as an Operational Manager and moved to the Norwich team as Operational Manager in 2017. During this time, she has been involved in and taken an interest in the issue of child criminal exploitation and subsequently moved into her current secondment.

    Karen Smeed

    Karen Smeed

    I presently work for Prospects as the Senior Youth Support Worker for the Norfolk Connect Project, which is working with the early help teams across Norfolk. I cover the Great Yarmouth area, and the project is early intervention to engage young people in sustainable activities.

    The role of engaging young people into meaningful and sustainable activities has its challenges and barriers that we have to work through, but the majority of referrals have to date been successful.

    I previously worked for a charity called Mcch for 22 years doing a variety of roles from a Day Service Officer in a day centre for adults with learning disabilities and autism, then was seconded to the employment advisor across all of the Day services in Bexley.

    I was then redeployed to one of their social enterprises called Tuck by truck in Herne Bay Kent, which was an employment focussed service and a training scheme. I managed a team of 8 core staff, along with the employment of 36 individuals with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health issues. Their role was delivering snack trays to customers and this was their first step into employment.

    I became manager of the service within 3 years of working there and went on to win several awards;

    Kent partnership awards, Kent healthy business award in excellence and the National disability award for employer of the year.

    I also qualified in level 5 QCF in social care and leadership and completed the ILM management training certification.

    Jess Read

    Jess Read

    I work for Prospects as a Youth Support Apprentice for the Norfolk Connect Project which is works with Early Help teams across Norfolk. I support all the youth workers to support young people into positive activities.

    I’m part of The Guinea Pig group which is a experts experienced group project developed by Learning Development working in partnership with Children’s Services and young people. The group helps professionals find out if a service is working correctly by asking young people. Every piece of work or project proposal comes down to what young people think will work best. I’ve supported a range of professionals though the network (schools, police, social work and early help teams) who have all seen the positive outcomes of young people’s engagement. 

    I was a Member of Norfolk Youth Parliament between 2016 – 2018 representing the North Norfolk area. During my time I took part in a variety of projects locally in Norfolk and nationally. I contributed towards the success of Norfolk Youth Parliament’s Make Your Mark consultation. Make Your Mark is a youth consultation that aims to identify young people’s priorities and give them the opportunity to have their voices heard. I represented Norfolk’s young people at the UK Youth Parliament debate in the House of Commons. I also stood up for the views of Norfolk’s young people at the Youth Parliament’s nation conference at the University of Liverpool, by debating on Raising Aspirations in rural areas and protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

    Nina Fine Image

    Nina Fine is a Singer-Songwriter, Music Leader, Wired4Music Trustee and co-founder of Women In Jazz community space and platform. Recently selected for Spitalfields Music Leader Traineeship 2018 and participating in Young and Serious 2018 programme, Nina is passionate about facilitating accessible opportunities in the arts for young people and working with impactful organisations to achieve this. Her other roles include Communications Coordinator for Sofar Sounds London and Music Journalist for EZH jazz platform.


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    Nicky Adamson

    Following a successful London-based career in commercial non-fiction publishing as a commissioning editor and publicist, Nicky has worked for over 20 years in the cultural sector. She has strong experience of managing and delivering cultural programmes for and with local authorities and third sector organisations, and has a particular interest in and knowledge of the role of creativity in social regeneration. Full-time posts included Director of Arts Development In East Cambridgeshire, Arts Generate Programme Manager for Thurrock Council and the founding Director of The Garage, the young people’s performing arts training and development centre in Norwich (2005-08). Between 2008 and 2016 she concentrated on freelance consultancy work, widening her portfolio to include external evaluation, project management, fundraising and strategic development for a range of clients, including Norfolk County Council, UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton, Vivacity in Peterborough plus clients in North Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire. She has also worked for the Royal Opera House Bridge, as well as project management assignments in London for community arts organisations Parrabbola and the Bureau of Silly Ideas. Most recently she has undertaken an audit of music-making opportunities for children and young people in Norfolk on behalf of Norfolk Music Hub (with Parrabbola), and an assessment of cultural opportunities and engagement in both schools and their own time for children and young people in Milton Keynes, on behalf of the MK Arts and Heritage Alliance. Between November 2016 and July 2017 Nicky covered the post of Programme Manager (Norfolk and Suffolk) while the postholder was on shared parental leave. She returned to take up the permanent post of Senior Manager: Research & Development.


  • Conversations

    Conversation 1:  Hearing from the experts: What challenges are young people experiencing in their lives, and what role can the arts play?

    Featuring young people from the Garage, the National Centre for Writing, Norfolk’s Young Commissioners, Sound Connections and the Roundhouse

    These are tough times to be young.  In 2018 the challenges facing young people can be myriad and include family problems, money worries, rural isolation, exam stress, crime, poverty, substance abuse and social media pressures to name but a few.  But what do young people themselves think are ‘challenging circumstances’?  Do they identify with the term?  Are there barriers preventing young people from accessing in or participating in the arts?  And what can arts organisations do to create inclusive and supportive environments for young people?

    Conversation 2: Young voices: how can we give young people more agency in our programmes and organisations, placing them at the centre of their creative journey?
    If young people are the future then it’s vitally important that they have representation and a voice at every level within our organisations.  What are we doing to make space for, and learn from, the ideas, opinions, perspectives and experiences of children and young people?  How can we involve and empower young people so they influence decision-making?  And what are the benefits to both organisations and young people themselves? 

    Conversation 3:  Walking the line: what are the key skills we need to work effectively with children and young people in challenging circumstances? 
    The skills and qualities needed to work successfully with children and young people in challenging circumstances can be many and varied.  So what defines those we know who are particularly good in the field?  What are the challenges that artists face?  What pathways and professional development opportunities exist in the sector and are they enough?  And how do we value and share best practice?

    Conversation 4: It’s a Family Affair: taking a holistic approach to working with children and their families
    Parents and carers are the most important people in their children's early lives. And every family has its challenges, but some face more difficult circumstances than othersCreating positive relationships with families has multiple benefits – for those families, for young people in challenging circumstances and for artists and arts organisations themselves. 

    So how can we create strong links with families?  What can practitioners and organisations learn from families and how does involving families benefit the young people themselves?

    Conversation 5:  Making the Case: how can we best evidence impact and advocate for the arts and children in challenging circumstances?
    If we believe in the power of the arts to change lives, it’s vital we continue to make the case for continued investment.  But with ever-limited resources not just for the arts but for education and social services, how do we best evaluate the impact of work by and with children in challenging circumstances?  What are the measurement frameworks and can these be shared across other sectors?  How can we build creativity into the way we evaluate our work?  Are we making the case internally as well as externally, involving young people and artists in ways that resonate with them?  And are we prioritising success over learning and should we be more transparent about failure? 

    How to: Understanding Relationships; exploring how we deal with challenges and what a “restorative” approach to those challenges means.
    What are Restorative Approaches? And how can they be used to restore good relationships when there has been conflict or harm, to reduce the possibility of such conflict and harm arising again? How does it support emotional and social development and literacy? 

    This session will give you an introduction to the key concepts of Restorative Approach and why it is so effective. 

    How To: Spot the signs of Exploitation 

    This practical how to session will equip you with a better understanding of what Child Criminal exploitation (CCE) / County Lines is, how to identify why young people could be at risk of being exploited, tips on how to recognise the signs and risk factors, and practical next steps.


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