Child & Young Performers Safety

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    For the Safety, and pleasure, of users of Forums there are some important things to remember, especially as some of you will be under 16 (although this should go for everyone in general anyway!!):

    DO NOT give out any personal information about yourself - either in a posting - or in a PM.

    NEVER arrange to meet anyone else from a forum, without having your parents attend with you. If you're 16+ inform your parents and take someone along with you.

    Always RESPECT the opinion of everyone on a forum - they might not be the same opinion as you, but that does not mean that they are wrong....

    BE NICE BE SAFE! We all want to learn from and enjoy the companionship of others in the performance industry.

    If ANYONE gets a PM or a message they are concerned or worried about TELL YOUR PARENTS IMMEDIATELY!

    When applying for ACTING jobs, ensure that you are careful in conducting your own checks to see that these ads are genuine. Inform a parent.

    When attending auditions, NEVER go to a venue alone. TAKE A PARENT!

    PARENTS: Make sure you are comfortable with the person(s) auditioning your child, before they ask to take them off to audition, and if you can, try and go in with them. Many will ask to see the child alone (most children perform better without a parent watching - and it is standard practice) in which case you should be able to see the room they are auditioning in, and be able to remain out of sight but within earshot. You need to take all reasonable precautions. Those auditions through an agent should already have some safety protocols in place (e.g. audition space). NEVER go to a private house.

    When on a shoot, all parents should be aware of the rules and regulations about children working on a set. YOU are there to protect them. ALL CHILDREN UNDER 16 NEED TO BE LICENCED.

    All young people (16+) are still at risk, even though you don't need a chaperone - maybe even more so, because you will have the strong desire to please the director and not cause a fuss - and from their point of view, some directors will be relying on this to ask for things that they shouldn't... Please be aware, that you have the RIGHT to say NO if you are remotely unhappy, or unsure of something you are being asked to do. No matter how desperately you want to be in a film, try to have pride in your abilities, and don't drop your standards. If you are being asked to do ‘fight' scenes - or anything that may cause you injury - insist on reasonable safety protocols to be in place. No-one has the right to put you in a position that might cause you any kind of injury, even accidental. Don't be unreasonable about it, but don't be walked over either! In the event of an on-set injury report it to the first AD, and Photograph it as soon as you can. Should the injury lead to further complications, the student/companies' insurance should cover costs.

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