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Performance/stage licences for school age children: Outline

The rules governing Children in Entertainment covers children who take part in 'performances', including all broadcast performances, child photography or modelling. Any child engaged in these occupations must have a licence issued by the Local Authority.

Application for a licence must be signed by the parents and accompanied by a photograph. The Local Authority must be satisfied that arrangements for the supervision and protection of the child are adequate, and that the disruption to the child's education is kept to a minimum.

Broadcast performances : such as radio productions, a child can perform on up to and including 6 days in a six month period without the need for a medical.

Other performances : such as theatre work, if the child takes part on the maximum number of days in the week allowed, i.e. 6 days, and the performances are required for more than one week, a medical certificate will be required.

Sporting Activities and Modelling : where the application is for a licence for an activity, a statement by the child's parent that the child is medically fit for the proposed activity must be provided with the original application.

When sending details from one Local Authority to another - "the licensing authority must send to those authorities copies of the application form and the licence, together with any information they think should be brought to the notice of the other authorities" - Children (Performances) Regulations 1968, Regulation 4.

More information can be found on Lancashire County Council's Website

Contact: Lancashire County Council

Telephone: 0300 123 6701

Lancashire County Council, P.O.Box 78, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 8XJ

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