Child Performance Licences

Licensing of children in entertainment

Under the Children (Performance & Activities)(England) Regulations 2014 Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 3309 Bath & North East Somerset Council is responsible for the licensing of all children who appear in a performance either on the stage, or on television,
who take part in certain sporting activities, or who work as models. The regulations governing children in entertainment apply to all children from birth until the end of their last year of compulsory education.

Licences will be granted if the authority is satisfied that all relevant conditions are met and that all applicable information has been provided.

A child requires a Licence from the age of 0 until they reach their official school leaving age of 16. (The official school leaving date is the last Friday in June of the school year in which the child is 16.)

A licence is required for any performance:

  • If payment is made in respect of the child taking part.
  • If the child has performed for 4 days in the previous six months, whether or not a licence was required for that performance.
  • Any broadcast and or any performance recorded by whatever means with a view to its use in a broadcast, or film intended for public exhibition.
  • Any child used as a stand-in (understudy).

Performances which do not require a licence:

  • For performances organised by school.
  • For performances put on by a body of persons approved and granted exemption by the Secretary of State or the Local Authority.
  • Any activity which the Local Authority does not consider to be a performance. For example children interviewed or filmed whilst taking part in some normal activity, not specially arranged for the purpose such as school lessons, playing in a park or at a Youth Club.

How to get a performance licence

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Whether or not a performance licence is required, producers of performances involving children should consider the following recommendations:

  • There shall be at least one registered chaperone for every 12 children, whose role will be to supervise the children while not on stage.
  • No child shall share a dressing room with an adult or with a child of the opposite sex.
  • Each child must be accompanied to and from the place of performance by a responsible adult, preferably by his or her parent.
  • Children should not be allowed to perform when unwell.
  • Appropriate First Aid facilities shall be available in case of accident or injury.

Legislation governing children who perform:

The Children (Performance & Activities)(England) Regulations 2014 Statutory Instrument 2014 No. 3309