Junior Guildhall Wellbeing and Support

Three girls sit on a bench. From left to right: One wears a black cardigan, one wears a green jacket and the other wears a grey jumper. A red instrument case stands propped up against the bench in the middle of them.

Wellbeing and Support

Guildhall Young Artists has many years’ experience of working with children and young people from all backgrounds. It is our priority to create an inclusive, safe and happy environment for every child or young person that spends time with us. 

We understand that there may be times when showing up for a class might not always feel easy. For these days, when turning up to the centre may feel like a difficult thing to do, we encourage you to let us know so our team can look at ways to support you. Our team will provide a safe and confidential space in order for you to do this.

At Guildhall Young Artists we believe that the arts has the ability to positively impact on mental health and mindset so we would always encourage you to come in, even when it may feel difficult to do so.


All Junior Guildhall staff are subject to safe recruitment processes which include Enhanced DBS checks. Staff are required to undertake regular safeguarding training which is part of our safeguarding culture at Junior Guildhall.  We have a dedicated Safeguarding Team and you can contact our Head of Safeguarding, Hetsie van Rooyen if you would like any information on pastoral or safeguarding support.

Please note that the School does not provide supervision of children when they are not attending a timetabled activity. However, parents are welcome on the premises on Saturdays.

Further details can be found in our Safeguarding Policy, which you can access here or download below.

Guildhall School Safeguarding Policy Nov2023_0.pdf Safeguarding Policy - updated for 2023/24


Important Safeguarding Contact Details

The Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) is Rosie Whitfield rosie.whitfield@gsmd.ac.uk and David Wallace david.wallace@gsmd.ac.uk. Please get in touch with Rosie or David in the first instance. If Rosie or David are unavailable, please contact the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) Edward Deakins: edward.deakins@gsmd.ac.uk.

Alternatively, if neither of the abovementioned staff are available, you can also contact: Hetsie van Rooyen, Head of Safeguarding at Guildhall School of Music & Drama: hetsie.vanrooyen@gsmd.ac.uk

Careers Advice and Development

The well-being of our students is a prerequisite for their success and there may be times when they will need help or advice. The Head of Junior Guildhall and the Head of Junior Music Courses, welcome discussion on progress or careers advice. In addition, there are three heads of department and ten coordinators to oversee the students’ studies and help cater for their individual needs.