Young artists designs logo for new safeguarding partnership

A new logo created by a nine-year-old artist from Newland House school in Twickenham has been selected as the winning design for the new Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Earlier this year, the Richmond and Kingston local safeguarding children boards held a competition to design a logo for their joint partnership. 

Over 100 designs were received. And a panel of judges, including two graphic design professionals from Grand Central Creative and a freelance designer, Jeff Witek, whittled the creations down to a final six.

Nine-year-old Gemma Bruce was selected as the winning designer, announced at a special reception in the Mayor’s Parlour at Kingston Council yesterday, timed to coincide with Child Safety Week this week.

Cllr Margaret Thompson, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, said:

"A big thank you to everyone that took part. I am so pleased I didn't have to decide the winners on my own, as all the entries were so good. You are all winners and Kingston Council, your parents, carers and schools should be very proud of you. It has been a real pleasure hosting you all in the Mayor's parlour."

Cllr Nancy Baldwin, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, presented the winning artist with her award. She said:

“What a talented group of young artists we have in Richmond and Kingston! All children have a right to grow up safe from harm. Asking children and young people to design the logo for an organisation that represents them, only further emphasises its importance.”

Chris Robson, Chairman of Richmond and Kingston Local Safeguarding Children Board, said:

"Thank you to all the young people who took the time to design our logo. It was a tough decision. One of our priorities is to engage with young people give them some ownership of the new organisation that is concerned with their safeguarding. This competition will have hopefully raised awareness of what we do and show that children must come first.”

Phil Scotcher, one of the professional judges from Grand Central Creative, said:

“It was a very hard decision. All of the submissions had merits and the each showed a great depth of talent and understanding. We chose Gemma’s because it highlights the need for partnership, being caring and reaching out. Technically the heart symbol made from the negative space is very clever. This will give the organisation a very smart identity to work with going forward.”