Children in entertainment licences

Children in entertainment (stage, film, television, radio, modelling, and sport) need to have a licence from us to take part in any performance or event. You will need a licence for professional and amateur performances but not for school performances.

You will need either a child performance licence for each individual child or you can apply for a Body of Persons Approval which will cover all children involved your performance.

These children need be supervised at all times, either by their parent or guardian or by an approved chaperone. If children are not accompanied at all times by their parents then you will also need an approved chaperone for each child.

Who you need licences for

You will need a licence for all children under 16 and any performers who are 16 years old up to the last Friday in June in the academic year in which they turn 16.

Cost

Licences are issued free of charge.

When you don't need a licence

You don't need a licence or approval from us if:

  • no payment is being made for the child’s involvement in the performance
  • there will be no absence from school
  • the child has not performed on more than 4 days in the previous 6 months

You still need to ask us to provide and approve your exemption before any child can perform and they will still need a chaperone or guardian with them. Fill in and send us the exemption authorisation form to apply for an exemption