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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.

Introduction to the DBS for Employers

6 November 2015

Sample Docs - 129kb PDF

An introduction to the Disclosure and Barring Service which can be given to an employer by an Equity member to clarify when a DBS check is needed.

2015 Disclosure and Barring Service Equity Factsheet

4 March 2015

General - 124kb PDF

Advice for members on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

2014 Thames Variety Branch Newsletter and AGM Notice

31 October 2014

Sample Docs - 143kb PDF

Notice that the Thames Variety Branch AGM will be held at 7.00pm on 27th November 2014 at the CAA, Bedford Street, WC2. There will also be an election for the Officers and Committee of the Branch.

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

2014 Branch Meeting Agenda 3rd April

2 April 2014

Sample Docs - 156kb PDF

Branch meeting agenda for Thursday 3rd April 2014

Equity briefing: changes to National Insurance

24 February 2014

Sample Docs - 379kb PDF

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

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

2012 Thames Variety Branch AGM Minutes 29 Nov 12

4 December 2013

Sample Docs - 151kb PDF

The minutes of the 2012 AGM for endorsement at the 2013 AGM to be held on 5th December 2013 at 7pm at the CAA, 20 Bedford Street, WC2

Creating Without Conflict report

19 November 2013

Sample Docs - 1813kb PDF

The worlds of the media, arts and entertainment are often seen as glamorous, but a survey of 4,000 workers has revealed these industries are "hotspots" of bullying, with more than half of those questioned (56%) saying they had been bullied, harassed or discriminated against at work.
People who contributed to a survey, commissioned by the Federation of Entertainment Unions, ranged from household names, top screenwriters and performers to those at the beginning of their careers.
The results showed shocking levels of ill-treatment and inappropriate behaviour and a culture of silence, with only a third of those suffering bullying and harassment reporting the incidents.

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