Legislation and guidance
Each UK nation has its own legislation about child performers.
In England, this is the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014.
In Northern Ireland, it is the Children (Public Performances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996.
In Scotland, it is the Children (Performances and Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2014.
In Wales, it is the Children (Performances and Activities) (Wales) Regulations 2015.
Across the UK, the law states that children who are taking part in a performance and who are not being supervised by their parent, school teacher or home tutor, must be supervised by a chaperone. The key legislation in each nation outlines the responsibilities of chaperones – whether or not they are being paid.
Our interactive elearning course Protecting children in the entertainment industry teaches chaperones in the entertainment sector all the key legislation they need to know.
Most of the UK nations also provide guidance to help keep child performers safe.
In England, the Department for Education (DfE) provides advice for local authorities and individuals working with children in all types of professional or amateur performances, paid sport and paid modelling (DfE, 2015).
The National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) has also produced a guide to child performance licensing in England (NNCEE, 2016).
In Scotland, the Government has provided guidance for ensuring the wellbeing of children involved in performances and licensed activities (Scottish Government, 2018).
The Scottish Government has also produced a guide for parents and guardians whose children wish to perform on stage or screen, or take part in modelling activities (Scottish Government, 2017).
In Wales, the government provides guidance to accompany the 2015 child performance regulations (Welsh Government, 2015).
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