New elearning to protect children in the entertainment industry

Last updated: 03 Jun 2019 Topics: News Type: News

Teaching chaperones how to protect children in rehearsals and productions

Protecting children in entertainment: a course for chaperones is a new online course for adults working in the entertainment industry. Produced in partnership with the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) and the BBC, it provides legal guidance and covers welfare issues.

The course has been designed for local authority licenced chaperones, but can also be taken by anyone responsible for children working in professional or amateur entertainment industries such as dance schools, amateur dramatics, choirs, production companies and professional theatres.

The course covers topics such as:

  • recognising areas of concern for child safety
  • responding appropriately to these worries
  • and keeping an accurate record of any incidents that take place.

Helping busy professionals get the knowledge they need quickly

The course costs takes 45 minutes to complete – allowing those already working in the industry to fit it into busy production schedules.

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“The NSPCC has produced an invaluable training programme for newly qualified amateur and professional chaperones alike that is easy to use and very clear and concise in its outlining what the legislation requires of all licensed chaperones. Its sections, questions and scenarios teach, embed or refresh your learning that will keep even long serving chaperones engaged.”

Sarah Lea, a professional chaperone who has completed the course

“Our new online course for chaperones provides adults with the knowledge and skills to make them feel comfortable looking after the needs of children in their care.Chaperones who take this course will be able to demonstrate to their relevant licensing body that they are fully equipped to take care of children in busy entertainment settings.”

NSPCC Head of Knowledge and information Karen Childs-Smith

“The BBC is delighted to have worked in partnership with the NSPCC and NNCEE to develop this online safeguarding course which is designed to equip licensed chaperones with the required knowledge and skills to safeguard children working in entertainment, including within amateur dramatics and media productions.”

Caroline Brant, Head of Child Protection and Safeguarding at the BBC