To support your production processes and creative ambitions when working with children within our T.V, Film and Theatre Industries.
Navigate through challenges
The Children's Production Support Hub
Created for productions across our 4 countries and internationally
from casting brief to wrap and curtain up to curtain down.
Providing ONE platform where production can access effective bespoke support, guidance and clarification, by bringing together the advice and expertise of our industry professionals.
By forging these partnerships under one roof and looking outside our immediate footprint, we can develop processes that are both effective and efficient for all, creating an infrastructure connecting production challenges with practical solutions.
Our single, unique dedicated service
After many years working in the industry supporting productions with compliance and mitigating risk, championing the rights for chaperones, creating best practices to safeguard children, lobbying parliament for change to our UK and International Regulations, this site has been created to ensure you have the tools required, at each stage of your production journey from casting brief to wrap or curtain up to curtain down all in one space…
Welcome to your Children’s Production Support Hub.
From Casting Brief to Wrap
Children will pass through many stages of our production processes between casting brief to wrap, curtain up to curtain down. As an industry, it is our duty to ensure the same standards of care and safeguarding applies throughout their journey with us.
Below is a series of checklists to download. They are intended to guide you from casting brief to wrap, curtain up to curtain down…and beyond.
ASSOCIATED LINKS AND FELLOW COLLABORATORS
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
learning and development advice
workshops and courses
Learning is a never-ending, lifelong process. The CPSH wants to support you to further develop the skills and knowledge to benefit both your production and your own career aspirations.
As part of our training remit, we intend to build up a comprehensive resource base of advice, training, and workshops to assist you. Ultimately, all of this benefits the children and young people you work with too.
Current and future training and supporting resources include:
Safeguarding - C.P.D accredited
Intimacy coordination and choreography with children and adults
P.A.R.T. - City & Guilds accredited training - Practical Accredited (Children's) Regulations Training
Mental Health First Aid guidance
Equality and Diversity advice
Child Psychology information
Observational documentaries guidance
Working with children in drama advice
Working with children in theatre and on tour guidance
Recruitment of chaperones and tutors: suitability and verification.
Education: Aggregating tutor hours, budgeting, and scheduling.
is not just a wish list
Safeguarding children is a culture and everyone's responsibility and not a wish list.
Every production needs to have a nominated Safeguarding Lead to help create, nurture and monitor this culture as well as manage serious disclosures. The term Safeguarding Lead is a term deliberately used, as Child Protection is just a part of the safeguarding remit.
The Safeguarding & Child Protection Policies of any production need to detail how this culture is created and maintained; policies need to reflect specific procedures are in place to monitor and react to the raising of any serious concerns.
So many proactive actions can be considered to ensure your workplace is a beacon of best practice. A reactive culture is unacceptable when planning the welfare of the children and young people working on your production.
Reacting to predictable, and possibly avoidable, issues can also cost time and money.
tutor checking & monitoring
As the Child Licence holder, the production will be held liable for checking and monitoring the tutor as well as the child’s tutor hours.
Being proactive can pre-empt many issues and keep young people safe, schools happy and productions within budget and regulatory compliant.
Membership provides access to support with the following:
Recruitment best practice advice
Advice on how to aggregate tutor hours using your DOODS and scheduling
Advice on monitoring tuition
Advice on communication with schools
16-18-year-old performers are not under licence after June of Year 11 but still in education and not legal adults: how can I support and safeguard their welfare and education?
AND MAGISTRATES COURTS
working well together
LOCAL AUTHORITIES: In reality, licence issuing authorities currently differ in their practices for a variety of reasons and leads to inconsistent working practices. Some authorities, charge for a fast track service and some licence application turnarounds vary between 7 and 21 days.
Licensing is a statutory service that must be provided so gathered here is some information and guidance to clarify what you should expect when working with an issuing authority.
To understand both sides of this working relationship here are some of the pressures facing local authorities.
Child employment and Safeguarding is a broad remit and not all authorities can facilitate someone allocated to work on licensing full time.
Sometimes multiple applications for one role are made to different authorities meaning that different licensing authorities may be processing a duplicate licence, adding to workload and slowing down the process for everyone.
MAGISTRATES COURTS: To obtain an international licence you must go through the magistrate's courts.
there is a lot to consider
Rules, regulations and guidance when working with children and young people in the UK and abroad.
There is a lot to consider...
Just some of the key legislation and governmental guidance that a production needs to be aware of includes:
The Children (Performance and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014.
GDPR and The Data Protection Act 2018
The Children’s Act 1989 (including subsequent 2004 supplements).
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
Whilst navigating the above, there is the further complication of differences in how performance regulations are defined and enforced across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The key is to be informed so that communication with local authorities is efficient. Local authorities will hold you to account so make sure you are informed.