Performance/stage licences for school-age children

The rules governing children in entertainment covers children who take part in 'performances', including all broadcast performances, child photography or modelling.

Any child engaged in these occupations must have a licence issued by the Local Authority.

Applying for a licence

You can download an application form from the attached files at the bottom of this page.

Application for a licence must be signed by the parents/carers and accompanied by a photograph.

The council must be satisfied that arrangements for the supervision and protection of the child are adequate, and that the disruption to the child's education is kept to a minimum.

No licence is required under the following circumstances:

  • no payment made to child and they have not taken part in performances in the previous 6 months on more than 3 days
  • no payment made to child and performance arranged by school
  • no payment made to child and performance exempted by Secretary of State eg Scout Gang Shows

See our licences table to determine whether your child will need a licence.

Apply online

Apply online using the e-form below:

Application for a Child Performance Licence

Apply by post

If you are unable to apply online, you can fill in the  Child performance licence application form 2021 (Word, 43KB) and send it to

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Key issues covered by the Children (Performances) Regulations

  • Is the child/young person below minimum school leaving age?
  • Do they reside in Haringey?
  • Is there a charge made for admission?
  • Is it within licensed premises?
  • Is it broadcast on TV?
  • Is it intended for filming?
  • Is the child/young person fit to take part?
  • Education - consultation with Headteacher if in school time
  • Is the activity safe?

The legislation which demands this licensing is as follows:

  • The Children and Young Persons Acts 1933 and 1963
  • The Children (performances) Regulations 1968

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Contact details

Education Welfare Services
48 Station Road
Wood Green
N22 7TY

Tel: 020 8489 3477

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Page last updated:

February 16, 2023