A child performance licence is required for all working children in the entertainment industry. The law applies to all children and young people from birth until the completion of compulsory school, i.e. the last Friday in June in the school year in which a child reaches the age of 16 or 18.
The person in charge of the event (the ‘applicant’) applies* to the child’s local council for the licence.
The process can be time consuming and ideally should be applied for 21-days ahead of the event. However, since there’s often a very short turnaround period for shoots it might help if you knew where to download the relevant docs and what to prepare in advance!
Parents must supply the following for each licence application per child:
- Two recent passport-sized photographs of the child;
- Proof of the child’s date of birth (copy of birth certificate or back page of valid passport);
- Letter from the child’s headteacher agreeing to their absence from school and/or confirming that the proposed performances will not be detrimental to the child’s education;
- Health declaration form (if shooting abroad);
The Production Company (applicant) should supply:
- Confirmation email to include:
- what’s expected of child
- Itinerary: full location address(es) of shoot/rehearsals, with times and dates
- Safeguarding policy and risk assessment.
Find your local authority by entering your postcode at this link: Apply for a child performance licence
Please use CamScanner to send us copies of child’s birth certificate and passport photos.
Download documents here:
Don’t forget that for twins you need 2 copies of everything 😉
Part 1 (agency/client to complete but not sign) – PDF
*Usually the production company applies for the licence, but TV Twins can undertake the application process and charge the production company a small fee.