Examples of Best Practice Child Performance and Activities Licensing by Local Authorities in England February 2015

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Examples of Best Practice - Child Performance and Activities Licensing by Local Authorities in England

February 2015


1. Introduction 4

1.1 About this document 4

1.2 Who is this for? 4

1.3 What does this document do? 4

1.4 Related documents 5

1.5 Ofcom 5

2. Licensing requirement 6

2.1. The purpose of licensing 6

2.2 When licences are required 6

2.3 Rehearsals 9

2.4 Auditions 9

3. Licensing process 11

3.1 Who should apply for a licence? 11

3.4 Risk assessments 13

3.5 Artistic and editorial freedom 14

3.6 Licensing decision and conditions 15

4. Body of Persons approvals (BOPAs) 16

4.1 What is a BOPA? 16

4.2 Who can apply for a BOPA? 16

4.3 How to apply for a BOPA? 18

4.4 BOPA decisions 20

5. Chaperones 21

5.1 Requirement for chaperones 21

5.2 Responsibilities of chaperones 21

5.3 The role of the local authority: approval and training 22

6. Education 24

7. Compliance 25

7.1 Inspection and enforcement 25

7.2 Record keeping 26

ANNEX 1: Dos and don’ts for chaperones: 27

1. Introduction

1.1 About this document

This document sets out examples of best practice for safeguarding children when they take part in all performances (professional or amateur), and in paid sport or paid modelling (in the rest of this document, paid sport and paid modelling are referred to as ‘activities’). It also sets out examples of best practice in relation to the granting of licences by local authorities in England for children taking part in performances or activities within Great Britain, where such licences are required.

This best practice has been developed by a group of representatives from local authorities; the UK film and broadcasting industry; regulators; professional and amateur theatre; music and dance sectors; casting agencies; and the modelling and advertising industry. The group was convened and the work facilitated by officials from the Department for Education.

These interests have worked together, volunteering their time and expertise, to produce these examples of best practice. It is hoped that these examples will be added to, so that lessons and tips that improve the experience and opportunities for children can be shared and adopted. If you have examples of best practice you would like to suggest please send them to: http://www.nncee.org.uk/contacts/nncee-enquiries

This document will be reviewed in September 2015. Additions will be made where they are agreed by the group.

1.2 Who is this for?

This document is aimed at:

  • all those who work with child performers or with children paid to take part in sport or modelling, or who plan to work with such children;

  • local authorities with responsibility for keeping children safe;

  • chaperones, i.e. people who supervise children taking part in these activities;

  • schools; and

  • sports, music, dance and drama groups.

1.3 What does this document do?

We hope this document will improve consistency in local approaches to licensing and make it easier to apply for licences. A consistent approach is important so that children are not disadvantaged by different approaches taken in different local areas. Children should be able to take up opportunities on an equal basis wherever they live, and should not be prevented from doing so by unnecessary bureaucracy. Our shared ambition is to shift the focus of effort and hard-pressed resources away from bureaucracy and onto the measures that help to protect children.

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