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NSPCC launches course to ensure chaperones working with children are ‘fully equipped’

A scene from Matilda, one of the UK's biggest musical hits of the last few years. Photo: Manuel Harlan/RSC A scene from Matilda, one of the UK's biggest musical hits of the last few years. Photo: Manuel Harlan/RSC
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An online course for chaperones who work with children in theatre has been launched aimed at making them “fully equipped” to look after the young people in their care.

The course, called Protecting children in entertainment, has been created by the NSPCC in partnership with the BBC and the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment.

It provides legal guidance and covers welfare issues, with topics including responding to areas of concern for a child’s safety and keeping accurate records.

NSPCC head of knowledge and information Karen Childs Smith described it as a course that 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,” she added.

The course is aimed at chaperones working under a local authority licence, but can be taken by anyone responsible for children in the professional or amateur entertainment sectors.

It costs £20 and takes about 45 minutes to complete.

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