MITA Code of Good Practice 2016 v6
MITA expects all its members to:

  • Provide high quality, Industry standard, culturally sensitive and accessible training, responsive to the needs of the participants.
  • Have a current Equality and Diversity policy or statement, ensuring that DDA obligations around accessibility of premises and resources are addressed and participants are actively engaged.
  • Where training is provided for young people under 18 and vulnerable adults, undertake the necessary DBS checks and have a current Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy or statement.
  • Put in place public, employer and, where appropriate, professional indemnity insurance.
  • Have a current Health and safety policy or statement, safeguard the health and safety of staff, freelancers, tutors and learners and carry out risk assessments on a project by project basis.
  • Work with partners/clients to arrange sufficient and appropriate tutors and equipment for learners, enabling them to gain practical experience relevant to the level of training and resources available.
  • Encourage and make provision for the continuing professional development of both their own staff and the freelance tutors they employ.
  • Pay freelance industry practitioners the appropriate rate , allowing for planning, preparation, meetings, evaluation and screenings. Or, where the practitioner is donating their services, recognise this as in-kind support and offer reasonable expenses.
  • Provide clear information and guidance on course content to participants and monitor to ensure continued improvement. Undertake robust ongoing and post course evaluation as appropriate.
  • Work towards achievement of a recognised quality standard relevant to their organisation.
  • Safeguard and protect data and work with clients/partners ensure that all appropriate permissions are obtained, including Social Media releases where appropriate.
  • Aspire to offer some form of accreditation (e.g. ASDAN, Arts Award, OCN or City & Guilds)
  • Engage with and manage your volunteers and those on work-placements , fairly and ethically.

DISCLAIMER
The aim of this code is to help maintain standards across the sector. However, MITA does not monitor or enforce adherence to this code. Nor does adherence, guarantee quality. This document was developed in April 2016.


I. See Acas for advice on Equality & Diversity http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1363
II. See Acas for advice on DBS checks http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4845
III. See NSPCC advice on Safeguarding https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/safeguarding/
IV. See advice from HSE here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/theatre-tv/film.htm
V. NSPCC recommended staffing ratios are; 4-8 yrs = 1:6, 9-12 yrs = 1:8, 13-18 yrs = 1:10. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/services-and-resources/ 1:15 is UCU national average for over 18s. https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/4624/Studentteacher-ratios-in-higher-and-further-education
VI. Courses can be found on Creative Skillset’s website http://creativeskillset.org/creative_courses
VII. The current MITA/BECTU recommended minimum daily rate for industry practitioner tutors is £200 (calculated to include 6 hours tutoring and preparation) and £20 holiday pay https://www.bectu.org.uk
VIII. See NCVO advice on managing volunteers here: https://knowhownonprofit.org/people/volunteers
IX. See Creative Skillset for advice on work-placements: http://hire.creativeskillset.org/work_placements/whataremyoptions