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 attains the age of 16.

The process can be time consuming. As there’s often a very short turnaround period for shoots it might help if you knew where to download the relevant docs from and what to prepare in advance!

Each licence application must be accompanied by the following:

  • 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);
  • Health declaration form;
  • Letter from the child’s headteacher agreeing to the child’s absence from school and/or confirming that the proposed performances will not be detrimental to the child’s education;
  • The Production Company should also supply a safeguarding policy and risk assessment.

Click this link to find your local authority and download the relevant docs, and please complete the relevant fields under the new ‘Under 16s’ tab on their profile so we have this information too.