TEEN artist Aiesha Shakeeb has designed a colourful logo for a new organisation set up to safeguard young people at risk in the borough.

The Lawn Manor Academy pupil beat 40 other entries from local schools with her rainbow design for the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership.

Year 9 pupil Aiesha said: “I was super shocked and excited when I heard I’d won. I didn’t know how to react at first, but I am very proud of it and so is everyone else in my family. They are all very proud of me.

“I really enjoy art and design because I can draw how I feel and it helps me with calming myself down. I enjoyed designing the logo. It was great fun. I was trying to get across the message that it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, you all deserve to be protected and cared for.”

Lawn Manor’s deputy headteacher and designated safeguarding lead Russell Langdown said: “We are delighted that Aiesha won this competition to design the logo for such an important partnership in Swindon. It is lovely to know that the logo designed by a Lawn Manor Academy pupil will be used for years to come and will be seen by thousands of people across Wiltshire Police, Swindon Borough Council, and the NHS Swindon Trust.”

Gareth Draper-Green, interim strategic manager for safeguarding with the partnership, said the response to the competition had been impressive.

“We received over 40 entries which were all of a high quality for the logo competition,” said Mr Draper-Green.

“We were especially impressed with the number of entries from Lawn Manor Academy’s teachers and pupils who had really taken the safeguarding agenda on board. These were put to the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership’s delivery group which is made up of representatives of the three statutory partners of the police, local authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group.

“Aiesha’s entry was chosen by the partners as they felt that the umbrella represented protection and inclusivity, while the rainbow colours and the simple characters were representative of everyone in the partnership.”

Her design, which has been brought into production by Create Studios, will appear on the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership’s website and information material.

The partnership, launched in July last year, took over from the local safeguarding children board as a way of allowing different agencies to work together to improve outcomes for children and adults. More information is available at safeguardingpartnership.swindon.gov.uk