Incorporating the Variety Artistes' Federation


DBS Guide for employers

25 November 2015

General - 129kb PDF

This document is designed to be used by members by passing it onto employers who are asking for a member to have or obtain an Enhanced DBS check in order to take up or apply for a role which may not require it. A recent survey of Equity members indicated that there was still widespread misunderstanding by employers and the public about when a check is required. Just because the role may involve contact with children, for example, it does not mean that a DBS check is required. If after approaching the employer with the document they still do not understand then refer them to Michael Day Please note that the document has been checked for accuracy by Equity’s solicitors.
Also note that this is unrelated to the issue of the broadcasters (BBC, ITV, Pact etc) insisting on Basic Disclosure Certificates for Walk-ons and supporting artists for which there is separate guidance elsewhere on the Equity website.

Nomination Form

6 October 2015

Sample Docs - 18kb PDF

Nomination form for East Anglian Variety Branch election on 9th Novemebr 2015

Banners form other Branches

3 October 2015

Sample Docs - 539kb PDF

Samples of other Branches Banners

DBS - Disclosure & Barring Service Factsheet

28 April 2015

Branches - 124kb PDF

The DBS replaced CRB checks in 2012 but there is still misunderstanding and confusion.
Get the facts for Equity members here.

Live entertainment works Cavendish Rooms

27 April 2015

Sample Docs - 105kb JPG

Peachy Meead at the Cavendish rooms.


4 December 2014

Sample Docs - 5kb PDF

Female comedy character performer / clown with walkabout experience and a special talent of your own that you could bring to the role.

Live Entertainment Works! poster

29 July 2014

Sample Docs - 284kb PDF

The Live Entertainment Works! campaign has now launched. The aim of the campaign is to approach local venues asking them to display the poster supporting live entertainment and get across the message that the change in licensing law means that it is now easier to put on acts in venues with a capacity of 500 or below. For further information contact Mike Day by phone on 020 7670 0235 or

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance

24 February 2014

Sample Docs - 379kb PDF

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance effective from 6th April 2014

Discussion on Equity Forum on CRB/DBS

11 February 2014

Sample Docs - 74kb PDF

This is a copy of the Discussion on the Equity forum about the CRB/DBS.

Involvement of student members in branches

10 February 2014

Sample Docs - 275kb PDF

Involvement of student members in branches as agreed by the Equity Council, January 2014

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