Join the BBFC Youth Panel

The BBFC Youth Panel is a group of young people between the ages of 16-19 from all over the UK. Their role is to work closely with the BBFC to provide feedback on key classification issues, to represent the youth voice and ensure that we are meeting the needs of young people.

Wage: Voluntary

Location: The BBFC is based in Central London, but Youth Panel members can be based anywhere in the UK. You should be willing to travel to London once a term, and we will cover travel expenses. All face-to-face events will be Covid-19 secure, and we will take appropriate social distancing measures. 

We are recruiting for a BBFC Youth Panel to provide feedback on classification issues and decisions, as well as on other work undertaken by the BBFC, including our marketing and outreach work. Our Youth Panel will represent the youth voice and ensure that we are meeting the needs of young people. 

At the BBFC, our focus is on helping children and families choose well by providing them with the guidance they need to help them choose what’s right for them and avoid what’s not.

With the huge growth in film, video and online content, and in how and where we can watch and use it, this is becoming more important than ever. Through our experience, regular consultations and research, we are careful to reflect the views of people right across the country. We understand what matters to families and apply this knowledge in setting our standards.

The BBFC Youth Panel will:

  • Represent the views of young people and give feedback on content issues and decisions

  • Inform our research 

  • Advocate for the BBFC, and be a champion for age ratings and ratings info

  • Learn about the film industry and classification

  • Help create fun content, and consult on our key campaigns

What we are looking for:

  • Young people aged 16 - 19, from all backgrounds and all areas of the UK. You do not need to be a media studies or film studies student to apply. 

  • We’re asking for a commitment to join the panel for one year, but you may stay for up to two years. 

  • Once a term, we will meet in person at our offices in Soho (if it is safe to do so), London, on a Saturday morning. We will also meet virtually over Google Hangout during term time, after school or college in the afternoon. We will cover travel expenses and lunch for the days we ask you to join us in the office. 

  • We will also expect you to complete short tasks in between the sessions, which might include filming a short video, telling us your opinion, or filling in a survey. 

What we can offer you: 

  • You’ll get a chance to see behind the scenes of the BBFC. We’ve been classifying films for over a century, and you’ll be offered an exclusive chance to understand more about classification, and how we make our decisions. 

  • You’ll be offered a chance to shadow a Compliance Officer, understanding what guides their decisions and how they apply our Classification Guidelines. 

  • You’ll be able to input into our research and help shape the future of our classification policy.

  • An exclusive screening in our private cinema in Soho Square - the place where every single film is watched and rated before it reaches cinemas. 

  • You’ll have the chance to guide and shape our social media campaigns, helping us to reach as many families and young people as possible. We’re looking for young people to create content for us, including videos and photography. We want to include your voice on all our channels. 

  • You will also get the opportunity to develop practical work experience skills, including communication, presentation, teamwork and self-management skills. 

  • You will be able to network with different teams across the BBFC and gain a deeper understanding of the role of regulation and content classification.

  • All sessions you attend will be structured, with a classification and film industry focus.

To apply to be a part of the BBFC’s Youth Panel, please fill out the application form. We would also like you to send us a short video (no longer than two minutes) OR a written statement (no more than 500 words) answering the following three questions: 

  • Why would you like to be part of the BBFC Youth Panel?

  • What could you bring to the panel?

  • What’s your favourite film, and why?

The closing date for applications is Sunday 21 February. Please send your application to youthpanel@bbfc.co.uk. Before you write and record your application, check out our top tips. 

Successful candidates will be invited to a short, informal interview over Google Hangout. If you have not heard from us by Friday 12 March then you may assume your application has not been successful.