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Child performance and employment

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    Children in performance and education
    You need a licence or permit to engage children under 16 in performances or work.

​The law places restrictions on the type and amount of work that children under 16 can carry out.

Public performances featuring children are also restricted by law.

The City of London's Education and Early Years Team can advise on both these areas and issue licenses or permits where required.

Contact us 

Department of Community and Children’s service
City of London
PO Box 270
Guildhall 
London, EC2P 2EJ

Phone: 020 7332 1002

Email: education@cityoflondon.gov.uk​​

Children performing

The law requires a license for any child taking part in any filming, theatre performance, modelling or paid sporting activities. The person who is responsible for the production or event must apply to the City of London Corporation for the Child Performance Licence/s if it is taking place within the Square Mile.

Before we will issue a licence we must be satisfied that the child's education and wellbeing will not be adversely affected by the work required.

Children must be supervised at all times by an approved chaperone (see below) , unless they are under the direct supervision of a parent.

How do I apply for a performance licence?

The person who is responsible for the production or event should download and fill out a Performance Licence Application Form. To obtain a form please email the Education and Early Years Service.

Chaperones

Any child working in entertainment must be supervised at all times by an approved chaperone, unless they are under the direct supervision of a parent. The maximum number of children a chaperone may look after is 12.

The chaperone's first priority must always be the child. They must ensure that children in their care:

  • Only work the hours that they are licensed to
  • Gets proper meals and rest
  • Are allowed sufficient time for their education

A chaperone must be able to negotiate with the production company and ensure that what is being requested of the child is within the terms of their license and not detrimental to their wellbeing.

Applying to be a chaperone

If you would like to work as a chaperone please complete an application form. To obtain a form please email the Education and Early Years Service.

Child performance legislation

The legislation governing child performance licensing is The Children and Young Persons Acts 1933 and 1963 and The Children (Performance & Activities, England) Regulations 2014

To find out more about these go to:

Legislation website

National network for children in employment and entertainment

Children in employment

Any business or company that emploes children aged between 13 and 16 must have a work permit, whether the child is in voluntary or paid employment.

This does not include work experience organised by a school for students in years 10 and 11.

There are also restrictions on the types of environments in which children under 16 can work. These include places that offer gambling or alcohol, or environments that may be dangerous to them. For further guidance see the Child Employment Guide (260KB).

Applying for a permit

If you plan to employ a child in the City of London you will need to apply to Education Service at the City of London Corporation using the Work permit application form. We require the completed application form at least 10 working days before the child is due to start work, in order for us to fully process and finalise the application. Please return the

To obtain a form please contact the Education and Early Years Service.

Further information

020 7332 1750
fyi@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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