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The rules governing children in entertainment cover children who take part in 'performances' including all broadcast performances, photography or modelling. Any child engaged in these occupations must have a licence issued by the local authority.

Application for a licence must be signed by the parents and accompanied by a photograph. The local authority must be satisfied that arrangements for the supervision and protection of the child are adequate and that the disruption to the child's education is kept to a minimum.

The legislation which demands this licensing is The Children and Young Persons Acts 1933 and 1963 and The Children (performances) Regulations 1968.

Key issues covered by the regulations are:

  • is the child/young person below minimum school leaving age?
  • does the child reside in the area covered by Wiltshire Council?
  • is there a charge made for admission?
  • is the performance within licensed premises?
  • is it broadcast on television?
  • is it intended for filming?
  • is it in school time? If so, a consultation must be made with the child's headteacher
  • is the child/young person fit to take part?
  • is the activity safe?

No licence is required under the following circumstances

  • no payment is made to the child and the child has not taken part in performances in the previous six months on more than three days
  • no payment is made to the child and the performance is arranged by the school
  • no payment is made to the child and the performance is exempted by the Secretary of State, e.g. scout gang shows

See: Whether your child will need a licence?

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: pnlo@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01722 438123
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Penalty Notice and Licensing Officer
Behaviour and attendance
Education Welfare Service
Wiltshire Council
PO Box 2281
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP2 2HX


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Last updated: 3 December 2013

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Wiltshire
SP2 2HX

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