Many children enjoy taking part in performances and their parents enjoy supporting them.
However, there are laws which exist to protect such children to ensure that their experience is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.
We issue Child Performance Licenses to offer such protection once certain conditions are satisfactorily met.
In order to issue a licence for a child to take part in any performance, we must be assured that:
the child's education, health and wellbeing will not suffer;
the place and conditions of the performance are satisfactory;
the Head Teacher of the child's school gives consent if a child will miss any school;
the conditions of the licensing regulations are observed.
For all children up to the end of their compulsory education. This is defined as the last Friday in June in the academic year in which they turn 16.
When a charge is made in connection with the performance. This applies whether the performers are paid or not.
When the performance takes place at licensed premises or a registered club.
When the performance is recorded to be broadcast or exhibited (for example on TV, radio, film, internet etc.)
For school performances (not including dance schools: a licence is required for performances in dance schools).
For certain amateur groups (a Body of Persons) where a whole group licence is sufficient and no payment is made to the child.
For an activity that we do not consider is a performance.
If the child is required to perform for one day and, in the 6 months preceding that performance, the child has not exceeded the 3 day unlicensed exemption period and they do not require time off school (paid or unpaid).
This is required for performances which run on specific days with a specific production company.
A BOPA can be issued by us for a specific performance or a limited period of time from us for performances taking place in Sheffield. It means that you don't have to apply for individual licenses from each child's local authority.
The organisation putting on the performance should apply for the BOPA. Any organisation can apply as long as no payment (other than expenses) is made for the child to take part.
Granted where a licence is not required but we have been notified of the performance.
Any child aged 14 or over (up until compulsory school leaving age) must have a license to go abroad for the purpose of:
The DFE advice on Child Performance Regulations 2014 came into force on 6 February 2015 and provides further information.
A number of forms are available to download below for the various types of licence. Also included is the Headteacher Permission form, which you may need to complete if the performance is during school time. Please use the DFE guidance and the checklist to make sure you submit everything required.
Part of the Performance License Application for completion by schools
Body of Persons Approval Application - July 2015
You can contact us with any questions or to submit your application for a licence.
Telephone 0114 2037442
Fax: 0114 2053524
Prevention and Early Intervention
Sheffield City Council
Children, Young People and Families (CYPF)
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