SAG-AFTRA is working on a variety of fronts to protect its youngest members.
One way is by ensuring that existing laws governing the work of child performers are enforced. In California, photographers, managers, acting coaches, and publicists who work with child performers are required to register with the state Department of Industrial Relations and obtain a Child Performer Services Permit.
A searchable database of registrants is available here.
Despite AB 1660 being signed into law in 2012, many industry professionals have thus far failed to register.
The law is designed to insure that industry people who work regularly with children are subjected to background checks. Registration requires submitting fingerprints and other information to the Department of Justice. Once a professional is licensed, he or she is required to renew the permit on a biennial basis.
If you work with young performers, you may be obligated to be registered under this statute. Click here to find out more information on how to register. Applications can be completed online. Email the abor Commissioner’s Office for more information: CPSLicensing@dir.ca.gov