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The Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (Sections 23 to 30) and The Children and Young Persons Act 1963 (Sections 37 to 44) are the primary pieces of legislation that cover child performance and underpin the licensing system.  These Acts determine whether a licence is required and give local authorities the power of enforcement.

The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014 sets out: requirements of licences and exemptions, arrangements that must be made to safeguard children and what the law requires of people responsible for organising performances and activities.

Performance Licences

The person responsible for organising the production is responsible for submitting the Performance Licence.  

Exemptions

If the performance runs for four days or less and no absence from school is required, you may be able to apply for an exemption.  For more information and how to apply for an exemption from the licensing procedures click here.

 

Body of Persons Approval

In certain circumstances Dudley Council will consider issuing a Body of Persons Approval providing the organisation meets the criteria for application and the council is satisfied the organisations has clear, robust and well embodied policies for safeguarding children.

For more information and how to apply for a Body of Persons Approval click here.

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  • If you are a parent with a child working in the entertainment industry; read our Guidance for Parents.

  • If you are an organiser of an event involving a child or young person please read A Guide to Child Performance Licensing. In addition, if you wish to attend a briefing on your responsibilities as the licence applicant and the role of a chaperone, please contact the Child Employment Officer.

  • Child Employment Officer, Education Investigation Service

    Council House, Priory Road

    DUDLEY, DY1 1HF

    Telephone No: 01384 814314. 

    E-mail: child.employment@dudley.gov.uk

Performance Licences

The person responsible for organising the production is responsible for applying for the performance licence.