Please select the relevant school year the young person will be in from September 2019.
Please select the group you are interested in. If there are other groups or explanations, there will be a space for messages later in the form.
Tell us of any needs relating to allergies, medication, conditions or additional needs our writers may need to be aware of.
We are asked to provide this information by our funders. We will need to know the answer if you ask us for a bursary place.
If your child is in Yr 3-6, we expect a parent or guardian to drop them off and collect them at each session. However, if you are happy for your child to attend unaccompanied please indicate above. If your child is in Yr 7-11 we are happy for them to attend unaccompanied. However, if you would like to drop off and collect your child please indicate above.
These visits will always be supervised by the Lead and Assistant Writer and a risk assessment will be carried out in advance of the visit. You will also be informed in advance of the visit which will take place during one of the sessions themselves.
We will not use the personal details or full names (which means first name and surname) of any child in a photo image, on video, on our website, or in any of our printed publications. We will only use images of young people who are suitably dressed, to reduce any risk of such images being used inappropriately.
Photos and short video clips are a very effective way of communicating and promoting the value of the work we do. They are also a great way for group members to see themselves enjoying being part of a group and learning from or remembering a particular activity or event. Occasionally, we may take photographs or videos of the children/young people who belong to our groups. We may use these images on our website/Facebook/other social media pages.
We may make a video or slideshow of our groups in action for educational purposes, including remembering a fun activity or event.
Very occasionally our group may be visited by the media who will take photographs or film footage of a visiting dignitary or other high profile event. Group members may appear in these images, which may appear in newspapers, or even on TV news programmes. Please note that the press are exempt from the Data Protection Act and may want to include the names and personal details of children in the media. Also, if your child submits writing to be included in Spark Magazine (our online magazine featuring writing by children and young people living in the West Midlands), we will use both the young person’s first and last name unless otherwise agreed.
By paying for all the sessions either in one payment or in termly instalments, you are helping to safeguard the future of the groups - thank you.
You can find the child protection policy and code of conduct that the writers have signed here: https://www.writingwestmidlands.org/writing-west-midlands-child-protection-policy/