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Child performance

Bedford Borough Council is responsible for licensing children who take part in TV/theatre/radio, modelling and paid sporting activities in accordance with 'The Children and Young Person's Act 1933 and 1963' and The Children (Performances and Activities)(England) Regulations 2014. 

The legislation requires all children, from birth until compulsory school age, to be licensed by the Local Authority. (Children reaching 16 years of age between 1 September and 31 August remain of compulsory school age until the last Friday in June).

The legislation states that the local authority may require 21 days’ notice of a licensed performance. The Applicant being: "the person responsible for the production of the performance in which the child is to take part" (production/theatre Company) should ensure a fully completed application has been submitted to the Local Authority.

It should be noted that chasing up of incomplete or missing paperwork is the responsibility of the Applicant/Agent and needs to be completed within the deadlines described above. Applications received with less than the due notice may not be processed.

Child performance licence applications

Online applications will need to be completed in full; the following documents will be required for each child:

  • Part 1 & Part 2 will need to be completed fully
  • Safeguarding/CP Policy
  • Risk Assessment (this should relate to the child who is performing)
  • Chaperone Information (full name and LA they are registered at)
  • Birth certificate or Passport
  • School letter giving permission to be absent if required
  • A digital photograph (head and shoulders only)

Child performance application form 

A licence may not necessary if:

  • Children are performing in a school production are (ie child's main educational establishment)
  • A licence is not necessary if the 4 day rule exemption is applied – please email the LA if using this rule as the LA requires details of the performance and children involved at least 21 days prior to the performance. (If an applicant/producer is relying on the four-day rule as a basis for not applying for a licence, they should have reasonable grounds for believing the child has not performed on more than 3 days in the previous 6 months)
  • Licences for a child working abroad should be applied for from a local magistrate court

Inspections

Bedford Borough Council has the legal right to inspect the arrangements made for the child at the place of performance.

Refusal/withdrawal

Bedford Borough Council has the right to refuse or withdraw a licence.

For more information, please email the Licensing Officer
Email childlicensing@bedford.gov.uk

Statutory Support Services
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street                            
Bedford Borough Council
MK42 9AP

Further information 

More information relating to Restrictions on Performance (PDF)

More information on Child Performance (PDF)