Child Performance Licence

  • It is a legal requirement that children aged 16 or younger have a Child Performance licence in place for each job.
  • The client is responsible for the licence.
  • Current legislation requires 21 days notice for the council to authorise this, but they can, at their own discretion, speed this process along.

We nurture relationships with schools and the council to ensure a smooth working partnership and are happy to help where we can.

However, a licence cannot be issued to an agent (they are not the responsible person).
A “licence” issued under these terms regardless of whether the agent notifies the licensing authority of when the child is performing, is not legal; it places the child in a vulnerable position in terms of insurance cover and places the licensing authority in a vulnerable position and subject to challenge.

“If a local authority receives an application form which has been signed by a casting agent or model agency stating they are the responsible person it should be returned.
The agent should be informed that the responsible person must apply for the licence and sign the application form. A casting agent or model agency cannot sign the application form and they cannot be the holder the licence. They are not responsible for the production or activity, will not be present at the performance or activity and therefore cannot take operational decisions.”

Please use the following sources for more info and guidance.

National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment – A Guide to Child Performance Licensing

Examples of Best Practice – Child Performance and Activities Licensing by Local Authorities in England

The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014