Get the Knowledge: Working with under 18s - Part 1

Get the Knowledge: Working with under 18s - Part 1
Apple Tree House - Five Apples Ltd
Get the Knowledge: Working with under 18s - Part 1
Apple Tree House - Five Apples Ltd
Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
Children's TV
ScreenSkills funded

Apply for Part 2 here.

All television professionals must understand the best practice and important legislation governing working on set or in studio with under 18s.

Across two sessions in one day, Alison Cresswell and Grand Scheme Media present a walkthrough of the essential knowledge you need to be more confident in production.

The course is delivered in two parts. It includes detail on regional differences in licensing, the benefits of working with chaperones, children's hours, policing crew behaviour, jigsaw identification, post care and managing the emotional needs of children. 

The second features experts from the world of production who provide added insight to working with Under 18s.

The course is relevant for those working in both scripted and unscripted. It will be of benefit for those who have not worked with children before and more experienced media professionals who need a refresher course. If you're working at exec level, you may prefer to attend this more specific session.

We recommend you attend both parts of the course but applications are seperate for each part to allow flexibility if you cannot attend both on the same day.

Apply for Part 2 here.

You may also be interested in Get the Knowledge: developing content for kids which provides a whistlestop guide to creating television for children. 


Alison Cresswell is the country’s leading expert on child licensing, performance, health and safety, welfare, compliance and legal guidelines. She is executive director for ACE (Children) and is “the font of all knowledge when it comes to working with under 18s”. Her company offers training in current guidelines, editorial advice on difficult projects, advice on good practice and how to get the best out of contributors. Alison has an impressive CV of work in the children's TV sector and beyond.

Mark Robson has worked as an executive in development at Endemol, Chrysalis and Talent TV and head of development for LWT. He created Best of Friends for CBBC, Inside Clyde for Disney and Crash Test Danny for Discovery Kids. His first TV production was the children's comedy series Jackson Pace for ITV. Mark now runs Grand Scheme Media with Graham Smith, they are a creative consultancy that offers development and packaging expertise to the TV business plus high-quality training in TV and radio production.

How to apply

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of the page: you must login or register before you are able to apply.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Children’s TV Skills Fund which invests in training for those working in children’s live-action TV thanks to contributions from the industry.



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