Child Protection Policy

This Policy is written with reference to Children and Young Persons Act 1963 and The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014.

Policy

We aim to create a positive and collaborative film making experience for all members of our cast and crew. Equal value is placed on the view of each contributing member, but we recognize that were children are involved, extra care must be taken and that we have a legal duty to ensure we operate within the regulations set out through the Children and Young Persons Act.

Principles

With an aim to ensure a filmmaking experience that is both enjoyable and safe for all those involved, it is our policy to observe the following principals:

  • We will be completely transparent with the parents/guardians of child actors, so that they have a clear understanding of the work their child will be expected to complete and how the final product will appear. This should include at the least, providing scripts, schedules and information about the location.
  • The filmmaking process is a group activity, in which anyone should feel comfortable to contribute. Regardless of age, the viewpoints of all cast and crew members should be respected and considered.
  • The comfort of the child actor should be taken into account when scheduling is completed and should not be prioritized over creative preferences or financial pressures.
  • Where a film contains dialogue or scenes that may not be suitable for children, an effort must always be made to ensure that these are filmed separately from the child actor.
  • All employees, sub-contracted staff and volunteers who may have unsupervised contact with children and vulnerable adults will be expected to complete a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check.
  • There must always be a commitment to a practice that protects children from harm.
  • Crew members and co-stars accept and recognise our responsibilities to develop awareness of issues, which cause children and young people harm.
  • We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by adopting child protection guidelines through a code of behavior for staff and volunteers.
  • Information should be shared about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers.

Reporting concerns

It is important to share information about concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.

Cast or crew members who have a concern about a child, should report it to the parent/guardian and producer in the first instance. If their concern related to either the parent/guardian or producer, they may wish to seek advice externally.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children provides free advice:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do/report-abuse/

Concerns can be reported either through them or to the local council:

https://www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse-to-local-council

Monitoring and Review

We are also committed to reviewing our policy and good practice at  regular intervals and will take into account any changes in legislation, feedback, as well as our own experiences.

Appendix 1: Code of Behaviour

Child Protection Policy V1.1, updated July 2019 (GD)