Children cannot appear in a public performance without a licence.
Any application for a performance or stage licence must be signed by parents or guardians and accompanied by a photograph. The LEA 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.
The legislation which demands this licensing is The Children and Young Persons Acts 1933 and 1963 and The Children (Performances) Regulations 1968.
Key issues covered by the regulations are:
- Is the child/young person below the minimum school leaving age?
- Do they live in Nottinghamshire?
- Will a charge be made for admission to the performance?
- Is the performance on licensed premises?
- Will it be broadcast on television ?
- Is it intended for filming?
- Is the child/young person fit to take part?
- Education - consultation with the headteacher is necessary if in school time
- Is the activity safe?
No licence is required under the following circumstances:
- No payment will be made to the child and they have not taken part in performances in the previous 6 months on more than 3 days
- No payment will be made to the child and the performance is arranged by the school
- No payment will be made to the child and the performance is exempted by the Secretary of State (for example Scout Gang Shows).
A medical questionnaire for children taking part in performances and activities is downloadable as a pdf.
Please return these forms to:
Child Entertainment Licence
Nottinghamshire County Council
South Area Education Base
(Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe)
Sir John Robinson Way