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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.

Information for Parents

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

Information for Applicants

If you are an organiser of an event involving a child or young person, please read the below 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.

Reporting concerns about a child or young person performing illegally

The form below is for use by the public to report a child taking part in a suspected illegal performance or activity within Dudley.

Performance Licences

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

Contact Us


Telephone: 01384 814314

Child Employment Officer
School Attendance & Education Support Service
Council House
Priory Road
DY1 1 HF