Theatre of the Air – Consent Form for Under 18s

In order for participants under the age of 18 to take part in this project we must have the consent of a parent or carer.

You (the parent/carer) should read the description of the project (below) and then complete the form, giving all required consents and giving any optional consents you and your child wish to give.

You should then legally confirm your consent either by email or by post as detailed below.

Completing the agreement via email:

  1. Check the box that says: “I wish to make this agreement via email.”
  2. Click “Submit”.
  3. We will email you the completed form through our secure server to the email you provided.
  4. Reply to the email we send you with the text: “I consent to my child taking part in The Project as as detailed in this email.”

We send all emails through our secure server. It is your responsibility if you want your reply to to be similarly secure. If you are unsure about sending a secure email, follow the procedure below.

Completing the agreement through regular mail:

  1. Check the box that says: “I wish to make this agreement through regular mail.”
  2. Click “Submit”.
  3. We will email you the completed form through our secure server to the email you provided.
  4. Print the email we send you.
  5. Sign and date the printout in the spaces provided.
  6. Post it to us at Digital Writes, 10 Alveston Close, Westlea, Swindon SN5 7DE. If you want to be extra secure, you can send it with one of the Post Office’s signed for services.

“The Project”:

A project in which adults and young people aged around 15 and above will work collaboratively with each other and Digital Writes staff to produce The Podcast Drama (as defined below), each contributing as much or as little as they like.

Ways of taking part include but are not limited to:

  • writing
  • researching
  • acting
  • sound design
  • sound engineering
  • music
  • editing

During research and development, participants will work in groups to explore local myths, legends, mysteries, and folklore to create the various occurrences that the protagonists will investigate. Participation can span a single episode, or the entire series, as there is potential for creating recurring characters that tie in with several of the investigations. Devising scenes and taking part in research can be an ongoing role too, and is vital to the success of each episode.

“The Podcast Drama”:

The main output of The Project will be a podcast drama series.

The series is centred around an anthropology graduate – Wheatley – who is investigating the disappearance of their old university tutor, Professor Kneale, in 2020, after being mailed a collection of cassette tapes from the 1980s. These tapes, including interviews, field notes, and train-of-thought recordings all contribute to the ‘mystery of the week’, as well as the overarching riddle of their disappearance. Throughout the series, Wheatley finds themselves drawn deeper into a journey of discovery, questioning their own beliefs and knowledge along the way.

Much of this may change during The Project as a result of the work done by and with the consensus of the participants. Regardless of any changes or developments our aim is for it to have the general character expressed above.

We are also hoping to release the series on community radio.

Work Forums:

Work may be done in one or more of the following forums:

  • workshops in small groups via Zoom or other video conferencing;
  • self-directed researching, writing, recording and/or editing alone;
  • researching, writing, recording and/or editing according to assignments set by our tutors via email;
  • discussions and ideas exchange via email or on our website forums.

Video conferencing will follow guidelines set out in our Safeguarding Policies and Remote Working and Online Video Workshop Guidelines. When young people are involved, we will have a minimum of two Digital Writes tutors and the session will be recorded. Tutors will have access to recordings to help them fulfil their duties, for example to transcribe ideas or improvised scenes. Once a recording is finished with, it will be encrypted and archived for safeguarding purposes. Participants will not be able to record sessions, and will be required to formally agree to workshop etiquette standards, such as not taking screenshots.

All emails and message threads and conversations involving young people will be kept for safeguarding purposes. Tutors will have access to these to help them fulfil their duties as describe above. Once a communication thread or conversation is finished with, it will be encrypted and archived for safeguarding purposes. Participants will be required to formally agree to workshop etiquette standards, such as not engaging in conversations with a single tutor on their own.

For more information, please follow the links at the bottom of this page.

Our Tutors:

Our tutors are experts in their fields and include published authors and professional artists. All our tutors have Enhanced DBS Certificates for working with children.

For more information, please follow the links at the bottom of this page.

Copyright:

The young person retains all copyright in the work they produce and asserts their moral rights to paternity and integrity. These rights mean no-one can use their work without their permission, without crediting them, and must not use it in any way that might damage their reputation.

For us to be able to include their work in The Podcast Drama, therefore, the young person must enter into an agreement with us to grant us a licence to use their work. We need your consent for them to enter into this agreement. (The Licence Agreement is on a separate form.)

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You must make these consents for your child to be able to participate in the project.
Where possible, participants must use their school or college email.
For privacy and safeguarding reasons, any contact details of other participants and anything they have written will be removed or redacted from your copy.
Workshops will use Zoom. When children are involved there will be two Digital Writes tutors or other verified responsible DBS certified adults present at all times. For more information, please follow the links at the bottom of this page. If you don't wish to give consent for this item, please leave the box blank. We will honour your wishes.
Participants under 18 will have to sign in to the forums using the school, college or other monitored email account entered above. All participants will be assigned a secure password which they will not be able to change. For more information, please follow the links at the bottom of this page. If you don't wish to give consent for this item, please leave the box blank. We will honour your wishes.
You must make these consents for your child to be able to participate in the project. The name and address of the child as detailed on this form must match the one on the Licence Agreement for it to be valid.
If you don't wish to give consent for any or all of these items, please leave the boxes blank. We will honour your wishes.
You must make these consents for your child to be able to participate in the project.

When you click Submit, you will be taken to the Licence Agreement (Theatre of the Air) form. Your child / the child you care should complete this form themselves (with whatever guidance you feel is appropriate).