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BAAT Safeguarding Level 1: The Role of the Art Therapist in Safeguarding Children & Young People

This course is open to all who wish to attend and provides a recent historical context of child protection with the aim of clarifying the duties & responsibilities of Art Therapists in safeguarding children as part of today’s C&YP work force. Whether working independently or as an employee of an organisation, this course will explore duties, responsibilities and reporting lines informed by the new updated “Working Together” 2017.

Friday 22nd of March 2019

10am to 5pm (registration 9.30am)


24 - 27 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD.

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The course will help explore: signs and symptoms of abuse, verbal and non verbal disclosure, when and how to make an onward referral and will equip you with a “protocol template” to better protect children and risk manage your case load.

Safeguarding is now an integral element of the Art therapist’s role. It is imperative that Art therapists carry out this function effectively and in accordance with legislation.

You will learn:

• A recent historical context of child protection and how it has shaped today’s legislation.

• How to fulfil your safeguarding duties as part of today’s C&YP workforce

• What to consider when conducting a risk assessment

• How to identify signs and symptoms of abuse in C&YP

• How to identify non verbal disclosures within art therapy

• How, when and to whom to make a referral

Safeguarding Level 1 Programme.pdf

MARY ROSE BRADY is currently Director of Operations for the British Association of Art Therapists, Advisor for Children and Young People and Lead for BAAT’s Accredited Diploma specialising in Art Therapy with Children. Prior to this Mary Rose  was Head of Parenting and Creative Therapies at Coram Children’s Charity where she and her team established the first National Centre for Creative Therapy and led the pilot for the national roll out of the Adoption Support Fund.  Mary Rose is a qualified Parenting Practitioner and for over 20 years has specialised in children and young people’s mental health with a particular interest in marginalised populations and attachment trauma.   During her time as Consultant Art Psychotherapist with looked after children she specialised in sexual abuse, separation and trauma. Mary Rose co-established the first Post Graduate training in Art Psychotherapy in the Netherlands, in partnership with the University of London, where she was also involved in setting up research projects in Asylum Seeker Centres to assess the impact of war trauma on children’s drawing development. Mary Rose has advised and supported Charities on the therapeutic use of art with traumatised populations overseas including in St Petersburg and Mumbai.  

SARAH KENDRICK has worked therapeutically with families for over 30 years in substance misuse, youth offending, family assessment, children’s centre and school settings. Sarah has managed and supervised innovative therapeutic services for marginalised families & care experienced children and young people including teenage parents and their children. She holds Postgraduate qualifications in counselling and clinical supervision and an MA in Psychotherapy. In her private practice, Sarah supervises practitioners working across various social care settings and has a particular interest in the application of psychotherapeutic theory to non-clinical practice.
Sarah is currently Head of Service for the leading children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, where she manages services in schools across the South of England.

Additional Information:

Non BAAT member fee: £160 to book please email with your booking enquiry

Employer funded BAAT Member: £130

Full BAAT member self-funded: £100

Under-employed BAAT member self-funded: £80

Trainee BAAT member self-funded: £80

2 reserved reduced places for Unemployed/Trainee BAAT members £50 (Please email to book, places allocated on a first come - first served basis).


If you would like to be invoiced for your place on this course, please complete this Invoice form Invoice Details Request - Event Booking.docx and return it to If you would like to be invoiced and are not a BAAT member, you will need to create a BAAT booking account by registering via our website here This does not incur a fee and is free to set up. Please include your registered BAAT number within your form.

Lunch and refreshments included.

Convenors: Mary Rose Brady & Sarah Kendrick

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