Panel Discussion

WFTV Online: Working with children in the entertainment industry

8th July 2020 18:00

Wednesday 8 July | 18:00 – 19:15
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What are all the factors you need to think about when hiring and working with children in the film and TV industry?

This panel discussion will cover every stage of the process when working with young performers, from the initial  casting to the wrapping of a production.  Panellists will explore the additional issues and safeguards that you need to be aware of when working with children. Often many different production departments and agencies may be involved, so it’s vital that all of them are up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations they need to follow.


Arlene de Cruz, Founder, creator and principal of PART-UK. PART-UK runs the first City & Guilds accredited programme for the safeguarding and regulatory compliance of children in the entertainment industry. Arlene had over 12 years’ experience working as a chaperone and running her own agency, before she decided to set up PART-UK. She will be hosting the panel discussion.

Panellist from Leeds City Council

Alison Foster, Team Manager for Child Employment & Entertainment Service within Leeds City Council and Chair for Yorkshire & Humberside Region for the National Network for Children in Employment & Entertainment.  The council service is responsible for issuing Performance licences for children aged 0 – 16  involved in TV, theatre, modelling etc. Body of Person’s licences,  Chaperones licences, right through to work permits for children who wish to work on a part time basis aged 13 – 16 years old. Alison will be sharing her knowledge from the councils perspective.

Panellist HeadshotJulie Cronshey, Head of Production at Darrall MacQueen, has been working in children’s television for over 25 years covering genres including live action, animation and live TV ensuring children’s welfare at all times. Understanding how to get under the skin of the creative and technical aspects of making a TV show, Julie oversees personnel, budgets, pre-production and production, post-production.

Headshot of PanelistCharlotte Ingham, Producer and Director who has worked with children in studio and on location for over 16 years. Charlotte is also a successful Development Producer of ambitious, ground-breaking content for children’s audiences with a track record of helping to secure commissions for CBBC. She has won awards from BAFTA and RTS.
During her time at BBC Children’s, Charlotte worked across a huge range of programmes and genres including Blue Peter, The Dengineers and Newsround. Highlights included, developing Project Petra, a partnership between Blue Peter and MI5 allowing cameras inside MI5 HQ for the first time in history, creating amazing dens on every theme imaginable and sending a child’s mission patch design into space for Tim Peake’s Principia mission.  Her motto for working with children is expect the unexpected and be ready for anything

PanellistTim Rogers, Child Protection Consultant, he is one of the UK’s leading authorities for the protection and safeguarding of children and adults at risk. He is a former Detective for Warwickshire Police who managed offenders within the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangement arena. He has an unrivalled track record in the management and understanding of child sex offenders and those who pose the greatest risk of harm to children. Tim is also a Senior Associate Consultant for the NSPCC, he delivers training on their behalf and has developed and delivered specific training for their Senior Leadership Team.

Event Schedule
17:55: Please join the Zoom Meeting
18:00 – 19:00: Talk
19:00 – 19:15: Q&A
19:15: Finish

How will the online event work?
This event will be live streamed via Viewing details will be sent via your Eventbrite confirmation.  Participants accessing the live stream will have their audio muted on arrival, you will be visible to the other participants. After the talk, there will be an opportunity for a Q&A with live stream participants.

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