Child performance licence

All children that take part in films, plays, concerts or other public performances that the audience pays to see, that take place on a licensed premises, or sporting events or modelling assignments where the child is paid require a child performance licence.

The purpose of the licence is to ensure that all children are adequately safeguarded and supported.


All children up to the age of 16 who are completing compulsory school education need a child performance licence.

  • licences are required at all times, including during school holidays 
  • a licence is required for all performances, for any period of time. 

A child who is aged 16 or younger may not need a child performance licence if no payment is made for their involvement, either to the child or another person in relation to the child (excluding covering of expenses) and: 

  • they have not taken part in any other paid or unpaid performances on more than three days in the last six months, or 
  • the performance is given under arrangements made by a school, e.g. a school play.
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