Apply for a licence for children in entertainment
Regulated under the Children Young Person Act 1933/63 and the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014.
By law all children from birth to the time they cease to be of compulsory school age may require a licence to perform. The production company is responsible for completing and submitting the licence application.
Find out more about child performance regulations at our national site: Gov.uk
These performances include:
- Theatre, panto
- Films, TV
- Commercials, video, internet for commercial purposes
- Member of a band/choir/dance show
- Modelling – all types, broadcast and non-broadcast
- Amateur dramatics
- Broadcast dance/singing competitions
A licence is not required for children performing in a production produced by a maintained, academy or independent school.
- Licence application form plus a jpg photo, birth certificate and school letter (if a term time performance) for the child
- Performance Licence table of hours/times
- Record Sheet – all performances
- Exemptions (Unlicensed) application form
- Compulsory school leaving dates
- Guidance for completing a child performance & activities (England) licence application form
- Children in Entertainment – Recognising Child Abuse
- A Guide to Working with Children who Perform (Nov 2015)