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New Checks Affecting All Extras & SAs

Posted by: William on Monday 7th December 2015
New Extras Disclosure Requirements

From 1st January 2016, any Supporting Artiste supplied to work alongside under 18s on a BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 or Sky production must have a Basic Disclosure Certificate. 

New Checks for Productions involving Under 18s

From 1st January 2016, all EXTRAS and Support Artistes supplied to work on productions by the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV or Sky that involve under 18s must have obtained a Basic Disclosure Certificate to prove that they have no unspent convictions. 

If you don't have Basic Disclosure Certification you can still work with us, but you would not be eligible for roles with the production companies specified above if they involve under 18s. Getting certification will therefore mean that you can be considered for more opportunities.


Questions & Answers

How does this new check affect me?

You will need a basic disclosure certificate to work on any production commissioned by the public service broadcasters or Sky if they involved under 18s.

What is a basic disclosure certificate?

It is a document containing impartial and confidential criminal history information held by the police, which can be used to make safer recruitment decisions. 

Why do I, as a Supporting Artiste, need to obtain a basic disclosure certificate?

All broadcasters and producers have very high standards when it comes to child protection, and the physical and emotional welfare of every child involved in their productions is of the highest importance. These checks will assure that all Supporting Artistes used have no unspent convictions, making the working environment safer for all. 

How do I apply for a basic disclosure certificate?

There are currently two ways to apply:

A) Via Disclosure Scotland

B) Via AccessNI

Currently, Disclosure Scotland and AccessNI are the official UK agencies able to provide basic disclosure certificates. They are effectively the same, so it is up to you which one you choose to apply through. From our research, it has been suggested that AccessNI is a more straightforward application that requires less paperwork than Disclosure Scotland.

The Disclosure and Barring service (DBS) in England and Wales does not currently provide a basic disclosure checking service; it can only provide Standard or Enhanced checks, which must be done by an employer. If you work as a Supporting Artiste, you will always be considered Self Employed.

What information is needed to complete the application process?

You will need to provide 3 forms of identification to confirm your name, date of birth and current address, for example this could be a passport, driving licence and utility bill. You will also be asked to provide information from a utility bill and for your home address details covering the last 5 years.

How long does the application process take until I receive my certificate?

As a guide, Disclosure Scotland state that a correctly completed application takes up to 14 calendar days, which is measured from the day that they receive the application to the day they dispatch the certificate. However, this is not guaranteed and the process could take longer. 

I have a Standard or Enhanced Disclosure Certificate, can I use this?

Yes, the Standard or Enhanced Disclosure Certificates are more detailed than the Basic Disclosure Certificate so they are acceptable. Please upload the certificate to the My Documents section in your profile. Please note that you will need to select the 'Basic Disclosure Certificate' option from the dropdown menu when uploading your certificate.

How often do I need to provide a certificate?

A new certificate will need to be provided every 18 months. 

What happens if I do not obtain a basic disclosure certificate? 

In that case, you would not be able to work on certain productions that involve under 18s. However you are still able to work on productions that do not involve under 18s, or those with production companies that do not require this certification. 

What does the basic disclosure certificate look like? 

Clicking the image below will take you to a current sample certificate from Disclosure Scotland: 



Can I upload a copy of the Certificate to my profile? 

Absolutely, please go to the My Documents page of your profile to upload a photo or scan of your certificate. Please note that you will need to select the 'Basic Disclosure Certificate' option from the dropdown menu when uploading your certificate.

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