By law, all children under the age of 16 must have a licence to:
- perform on stage
- perform in a television production, film, commercial or modelling work
- take part in paid sport
- are paid
- need to be absent from school
- will perform for more than four days
A child does not require a licence when:
- performances are put on by a school which provides statutory education
- they are being filmed for an observational documentary
All children must be accompanied by a parent, carer or someone with a chaperone licence.
Even if a child does not need a licence, the organiser of a performance must register all children taking part by completing the Performance Licence Exemption Form.
The licences are free of charge.