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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
- Application form for a Child Performance Licence Application for Child Performance Licence 117kb
- Medical Certificate - Children in Entertainment
- Medical Questionnaire - Children in Entertainment
Last updated: 3 December 2013