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The Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014 requires all children under the statutory school leaving age, even babies, to obtain a license from their local authority for undertaking assignments.

There are just a few exceptions, but if a child will miss school for any type of performance they must have a license.  A performance covers a stage show, TV programmes, radio and commercials, films and modelling assignments.

A child needs to have their license before the performance takes place. The law requests 21 days to process a license application but most local authorities require at least 7 working days before the first performance in order to process and issue the license.

A child does not need a license once they are past the official school-leaving age, i.e. after the last Friday in June of the school year in which they are 16 (Year 11).

Please contact us for more information.

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