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