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Local MP backs Bill to protect children

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Meg Munn MP has co-sponsored a Bill in the House of Parliament today to protect children taking part in performances.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Children & Young Persons Act, which brought in a system of regulating child performances. It was a welcome change, so that children were able to pursue their talents in a safe way and resulted in a comprehensive set of regulations which came into force in 1968.

The MP supported the Ten Minute Rule Bill, which if enacted would amend the 1968 regulations. The Bill was debated in Parliament today under cross-party sponsorship. MPs backing the Bill hope these changes will be incorporated into the government’s forthcoming Children & Families Bill, and believe it will be widely supported across the entertainment industry.

Meg said:

“Back in the 1960s we only had three TV channels, the internet had not been invented and OFCOM wasn’t regulating. Today we have many satellite and cable providers and many reality TV shows, such as Britain’s Got Talent and the X Factor.

We urgently need these safeguards for children to be brought up-to-date to reflect the current situation. The shocking ongoing revelations in the wake of the Savile allegations have made it all the more urgent that the system is fit for purpose and children can pursue their talents safely.

The Bill seeks to overhaul and streamline regulations as opportunities for children to perform are greater than ever before. We need a system where it is much clearer when licences are required, that those licences will be available promptly and that there will be proper enforcement and monitoring consistently applied across the country. We also need a greater professional status and recognition for the important work that chaperones do, with appropriate standards and training.”

 


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