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Paid/Unpaid WorkType of WorkAbsence from school?    Length of PerformanceMedical Required?Licence Required?
PAID
(see note 1)
TV or filmingYes
(see note 3)
Any period of timeYes - unless one provided within previous six monthsYes
(see note 5)
PAID
(see note 1)
TV or filmingNoAny period of timeYes - unless one provided within previous six monthsYes
(see note 5)
PAID
(see note 1)
Theatre, sporting activity or modellingYes
(see note 3)
Any period of timeNo
(see note 4)
Yes
(see note 5)
PAID
(see note 1)
Theatre, sporting activity or modellingNoAny period of timeNo
(see note 4)
Yes
(see note 5)
UNPAID
(see note 2)
TV or filmingYes
(see note 3)
Any period of timeYes - unless one provided within previous six monthsYes
(see note 5)
UNPAID
(see note 2)
TV or filmingNoAny period of time up to and including 4 days (and not performed within the previous 6 months)NoNo
UNPAID
(see note 2)
Theatre, sporting activity or modellingYes
(see note 3)
Any period of time up to and including 4 days (and not performed within the previous 6 months)No (see note 4)Yes
(see note 5)
UNPAID
(see note 2)
Theatre, sporting activity or modellingNoAny period of time up to and including 4 days (and not performed within the previous 6 months)No (see note 4)No
UNPAID
(see note 2)
TV or filmingYes
(see note 3)
5 days or moreYes - unless one provided within previous 6 monthsYes
(see note 5)
UNPAID
(see note 2)
Tv or filmingNo5 days or moreYes - unless one provided within previous 6 monthsYes
(see note 5)
UNPAID
(see note 2)
Theatre, sporting activity or modellingYes
(see note 3)
5 days or morePossibly
(see note 4)
Yes
(see note 5)
UNPAID
(see note 2)
Theatre, sporting activity or modellingNo5 days or morePossibly
(see note 4)
Yes
(see note 5)

Note 1: Paid performance - Payment to the child in respect of the child's taking part in the performance whether to him/her or to any other person.

Note 2: Unpaid performance - "....no payment in respect of the child's taking part in the performance is made, whether to him/her or to any other person except for defraying expenses means that there is no question of any payment or consideration to procure the services of any child taking part in the performance." - A guide to The Children (Performances) Regulations 1968.

Note 3: Absence from school "....leave of absence may not be given to enable a pupil to undertake employment except in accordance with the licence. The Act and Regulations contain no provision under which absence from school may be authorised for an unlicensed performance." - A guide to The Children (Performances) Regulations 1968. Also see the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 1995, Regulation 8(2)(b).

Note 4: Medical certificates are required with applications for children wishing to take part in licenced performances in any television or film work, regardless of any number of days or half days under the conditions of the licence.

For broadcast performances, such as radio productions, a child can perform on up to and including six days in a six-month period without the need for a medical.

For other performances such as theatre work, if the child takes part on the maximum number of days in the week allowed, i.e. six days, and the performances are required for more than one week, a medical certificate will be required.

For sporting activities and modelling, where the application is for a licence for an activity, a statement by the child's parent that the child is medically fit for the proposed activity must be provided with the original application.

Any costs incurred with obtaining medical certificates are generally accepted as being met by the body responsible for the production.

Note 5: When a licence is required a child shall not take part in a performance or activity except under the authority of a licence. Backdated licences should not be issued; they undermine the licensing process which is, after all, a safeguard for the children.

When licences are requested at short notice Local Authorities will invariably try to accommodate requests.  However, there must be enough time to deal with the application detail beforehand. Productions should be mindful that the Local Authority can insist upon ’21 days’ notice – The Children (Performances) Regulations 1968, Regulation 1(3)

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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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Penalty Notice and Licensing Officer
Behaviour and attendance
Education Welfare Service
Wiltshire Council
PO Box 2281
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP2 2HX