You may need to apply for a child performance licence, if you have children under school leaving age involved in a production such as a:
- film, play, concert or other public performance that an audience pays to see
- film, play, concert or other public performance which will take place on a licensed premise
- sporting event or modelling assignment where the child is paid
The person responsible for the production will need to apply for the licence.
Due to COVID-19 and the Government's guidance on social distancing measures, including the closure of theatres, we will only issue licences with these guidance and measures in mind.
We will do our best to issue Child Performance licences, Child Work Permits, Body of Person's Approval, Exemption licences and chaperone applications, but only if the request is compliant with the guidance set out by the Government. We will therefore require a Risk Assessment to be completed for those children working to ensure employers and production companies are adhering to these preventative measures.
More information is available from National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment.
We advise all chaperones licensed by Harrow Council to refrain from carrying out chaperone duties unless the current Government guidance is being followed and the performance has been approved by a local authority for it to take place.
Harrow Council’s Child Licensing Team advises that applicants are working in line with guidance produced by the British Film Commission, with input from relevant organisations, including the DCMS, Public Health England and the HSE – “Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and High-end TV Drama Production”.
You can return the application by email or post.
Guidance on children in entertainment
For further guidance on children in entertainment see the:
- Child performance and activities licensing legislation in England
- Guide on children in entertainment
- Children in entertainment restrictions
If the child won’t be with their parent, school teacher or home tutor while performing they must be supervised by a licensed chaperone.
Body of Person's licence (BOPA)
Below is the application form and guidance for a Body of Persons licence:
Application for an Exemption from the Licensing Procedures
To apply for an exemption from the licensing procedures, download and complete the licensing procedures exemption application form.