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Child Performance

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 2014. 

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 processed.

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

Chaperones

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.

Earnings

The Local Authority may include a condition in the licence that sums earned by the child are dealt in a particular way.

Inspections

The Local Authority has the legal right to inspect the arrangements made for the child at the place of performance.

Refusal/Withdrawal

The Local Authority has the right to refuse or withdraw a licence.
For more information


Please contact the Child Employment Officer

By telephone on 01234 228178 or
By email debi.momi@bedford.gov.uk or
By post at:
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford Borough Council
MK42 9AP

Please click here to download the Child Performance Application Form

For more information relating to Restrictions on Performance please click here

For more information on Child Performance, please click here

 


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