Please note: These are guidelines only. If you require more detailed information please contact: The Child Employment Office, or refer to:
Generally the answer is yes but there are some exceptions.
A child may perform without a licence for up to four days, but only if:
Performances arranged by school, scouts, guides, youth clubs etc are exempt from license and the licensing authority need not be notified.
However, the rule on absence from school still applies and therefore if a child is absent from school for rehearsals and/or performances, he/she must be licensed.
Normally the Local Authority where the child lives. If a child attends boarding school, the Local Authority is where the school is located. If a child lives outside the UK, the Local Authority is where the licence applicant lives/has business premises.
Application should be submitted 21 days before the performance takes place. If a licence is requested at short notice, every effort will be made to oblige but authorisation cannot be guaranteed.
The Local Authority must be satisfied that the child’s education and health will not suffer; the place of performance/rehearsal is satisfactory and that the conditions of the licence will be observed.
A medical examination may be required depending on the period, number and type of performances. Where a medical examination is not required, a signed declaration by the parent stating that the child is well enough for the purpose of the licence is requested.
Permission for absence may be granted by the Headteacher for a licensed performance only and should be recorded on the school register as Authorised Absence. The Headteacher cannot give permission for a child to be absent to attend auditions or rehearsals except for rehearsals during the period of the licence.
There are specific conditions regarding rest and meal breaks depending on time at place of performance and age of the child.
The licence holder is responsible for ensuring that the child is supervised at all times and under the charge of a matron approved by the licensing authority (except when in the charge of the child’s parent/guardian or tutor). The number of children in a matron’s charge can vary according to the ages of the children or if they are living away from home, but the maximum is 12. A tutor may also be approved to act as a matron but the number of children must not exceed three.
The licensing officer is responsible for the approval of any proposed matron who resides within his authority. Approval can be withdrawn if there are concerns as to the conduct of a matron/chaperone. How to apply to become a Matron/Chaperone
You should contact the licensing officer who will send you an information package including an application form. The application form should be completed and returned.
Matrons are encouraged to feel that they can contact the licensing officer with any queries or concerns. Once approved, a matron is granted authorisation for a period of three years.
A young person is of compulsory school age until the last Friday in June in the school year in which they reach the age of sixteen years.
For further information and advice contact:
The Child Employment Office
Telephone: 01962 876300/876301