For compulsory school age children and younger (Children
reaching 16 years of age between 1 September and 31 August remain
of compulsory school age until the last Friday in June)
Bedford Borough Council are responsible for licensing children
who take part in TV/theatre/radio, modeling and paid sporting
activities in accordance with 'The
Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and 1963' and The Children
(Performances and Activities)(England) Regulations
A licence for children taking part in Performances is issued to the
Applicant, the Applicant being: "the person responsible for the
production of the performance in which the child is to take part"
(production/theatre company), for the specified performance and for
the duration of the specified performance.
If a child requires time off school to take part in a performance
Bedford Borough Council will issue only a licence if the absence
has been agreed by the Headteacher.
Headteachers may agree to a child being absent from school under
Regulation 7.(1)(2)(a)/(b) of The Education (Pupil Registration)
(England) (Regulations) 2006. This is not affected by recent
changes to legislation preventing headteacher's authorising leave
of absence for family holidays.
The application form(s) must be fully completed with all relevant
documentation attached must arrive at our offices no later than 10
working days before the performance takes place. For Large scale
productions e.g. Pantomimes, 21 days are required.
A complete application must include:
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Chaperone information
- Birth certificate
- Parental Health Declaration (the local Authority may request a
GP medical certificate if they feel the child’s health may be
affected by the performance)
- School letter giving permission to be absent
- 2 Passport size photographs
Notification alone will not constitute an application within the
deadline. 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
Children who have reached the end of their statutory education do
not need a Child Performance Licence. This is not affected by
the raising of the participation age to 17/18.
A licence may not necessary if:
Children are performing in a school production are (i.e. Childs
main educational establishment)
A license is not necessary if the 4 day rule exemption is
applied– please contact the LA if using this rule as the LA
requires details of the performance and children involved
Licences for a child working abroad should be applied for from a
local magistrate court
If a parent does not accompany a child, the production company
is required to supply a chaperone that is currently licensed by the
Local Authority in which he/she lives.
Chaperone licences are obtained from the Local Authority. A
Disclosure Check from the Barring and Vetting Service (DBS),
references and a social care check are required.
The Local Authority may include a condition in the licence that
sums earned by the child are dealt in a particular way.
The Local Authority has the legal right to inspect the
arrangements made for the child at the place of performance.
The Local Authority has the right to refuse or withdraw a
For more information
Please contact the Child Employment Officer
By telephone on 01234 228178 or
By email email@example.com
By post at:
Bedford Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council
click here to download the Child Performance Application
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