Safeguarding statement

Safeguarding statement

The competition team is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all team members, volunteers, mentors, partners and judges to share this commitment.

We actively support the government’s Prevent Agenda to counter radicalism and extremism. 

The competition will host a number of virtual and potentially in-person events.  The following measures are in place to ensure any child or vulnerable adult participating are safe during the competition:

  1. Launch event in November 2021 – we will be hosting an online event for competitors that will allow competitors to ask questions and receive answers from our panelists. There will be a one-way video feed from the panelists to the attendees. Questions will be received via the platform’s chat function. Parents and guardians are welcome to join this event.
  2. Mentoring meetings – shortlisted applicants and ultimately, winning teams, will be meeting regularly with mentors via remote conference calls that may include video. We have requested our mentors to ensure there are 2 adults on any call with those aged 16 or 17. Parents and guardians are welcome to join any of these calls.
  3. Meetings with UK Space Agency and LaunchUK – shortlisted teams will be expected to share their designs through formal design reviews with technical experts from UK Space Agency and the LaunchUK team. These reviews will most likely happen remotely through a video conference call. Winning teams will also meet regularly with UK Space Agency and LaunchUK team members during the build of their satellites. Our team will ensure there are 2 adults present when any 16- or 17-year-olds are on the call. Parents and guardians are welcome to join any of these calls.
  4. Winners event – the winning teams will be invited to an event to celebrate their successes. This event may be in person or online or both. More than one adult will be present with any 16- or 17-year-olds present. Parents and guardians will be encouraged to attend these events. Should this event takes place in person, we will request full photography permissions.

LaunchUK is a partnership between the UK Space Agency and the Department for Transport, and supported by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The Nanosat Design Competition is designed to inspire and engage young people about launch from the UK and to encourage engagement with STEM subjects.