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Proposal for tighter controls to prevent child abuse in the entertainment industry

Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has launched a bid to improve measures designed to protect children who appear in theatre and on television.

Under the proposals, children’s chaperones would have to receive ongoing child protection training in line with nationally agreed standards, while the legal limit on the ratio of chaperones to children would be changed from one to 12, to one to 10.  Requirements for amateur productions would be less stringent, so that volunteer chaperones would only be subject to CRB checks.

Loughton’s proposals to amend the 1963 Children & Young Persons Act, which includes regulations around performing children, are based on recommendations contained in a government consultation that was launched in May last year, when he was still children’s minister at the Department for Education.

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