London Borough of Barnet

Education Welfare Team: Child Performance Licensing

The Education Welfare Team is responsible for issuing Performance Licences for children working in the entertainment industry. Barnet Council licenses many young people to work in films, television and theatre productions every day.

Working in the entertainment industry can be a rewarding and valuable experience for children. However, it is illegal for any child of statutory school age or younger to work in entertainment without a performance licence or authorisation from their Local Authority. This is because legislation exists to ensure that children are not exploited, are employed safely and that their education and health does not suffer. The Local Authority ensures that legislation and guidance is adhered to through the Performance Licensing system.

How do I apply for a Child Performance Licence?

The person responsible for the proposed production, not the parent, applies for the licence on behalf of the child through the Barnet.  Applicants do this by completing and submitting Part 1 of the application form with the required supporting documentation (documents listed below). Part 1 is where the applicant is required to provide all pertinent details relating to the proposed work that the child needs to be licensed for.
 
The parent or legal guardian of the child is required to submit Part 2 of the application as well as additional documentation (documents listed below). Part 2 essentially provides the child's details as well as providing parental consent and support of the application.

You can use the online forms below attaching the supporting documents electronically or you can e-mail us to request a word or PDF version:

Part 1 - Applicant

Supporting documents:

  • a copy of the contract / draft contract or other documents containing particulars of the agreement regulating the child's appearance in the performances

Part 2 - Parent

Supporting documents:

  • a school permission letter (if absence from school required)
  • 2 identical passport sized photos of the child taken during the six months preceding the date of the application
  • a copy of the birth certificate of the child or other satisfactory evidence of the child's age
  • a medical certificate or doctor's letter stating that the child is fit to undertake the performance

A completed application consists of the following:

  • a completed Part 1 and Part 2 of the application form
  • 2 identical passport sized photos of the child taken during the six months preceding the date of the application
  • a copy of the birth certificate of the child or other satisfactory evidence of the child's age
  • a medical certificate or doctor's letter stating that the child is fit to undertake the performance
  • a copy of the contract / draft contract or other documents containing particulars of the agreement regulating the child's appearance in the performances
  • a school permission letter (if absence from school required)

It is the responsibility of the applicant and parent to ensure all documentation is submitted correctly and within the time scales. If you have any further queries relating to the application process please contact us.

How long do applications take to process?

We  have the legal right to request twenty-one days' notice in order to process applications.  However, Barnet follows the London Child Employment Network Protocol requesting at least seven days' notice; this arrangement seeks to respond to the changing needs of the entertainment industry since the original legislation was enacted, while retaining enough time to ensure safeguarding obligations are met.
 
If the completed application is received in time and there are no issues with the application in relation to the law and regulations, the licence will be issued.

Chaperone Licensing

Being a chaperone in the entertainment industry is an interesting and rewarding role. There are many different areas of the entertainment world where children are employed, all requiring appropriate supervision by chaperones.
 
The role of the Local Authority is to ensure that children who are licensed to perform are appropriately supervised. We do this by approving and licensing chaperones so that they can care for the children who are undertaking work in the entertainment industry.
 
Barnet seeks the highest standards of professionalism to ensure children are safeguarded and requires Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance, positive references and a successful interview/training session before issuing a Chaperone's Licence.
 
As a licensed chaperone, you will effectively be carrying out the Local Authority's responsibility for the care of children in entertainment.

How to apply to become a Licensed Chaperone

Chaperone Application Form
To apply to become a Licensed Chaperone, you need to firstly complete the Chaperone Licence Application Form. This form requires you to provide us details of relevant experience and asks for you to provide three reference contacts. You can use the online form (attaching the supporting documents) or you can request an application form via e-mail to complete and return via e-mail or post.    

Application for Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
As the post involves dealing with children and young people the success of your application is subject to a satisfactory police check. When you have submitted the Chaperone Licence Application form, we will contact you to make an appointment to complete the DBS form and check your proof of identity so that we can obtain clearance on Disclosure of Criminal Information (Enhanced Level) from the DBS.

Approved Application Stage
Following receipt of the Chaperone Application Form and a completed DBS Application Form, we will contact your three references.  

Final Stage
Following receipt of your three references and DBS Clearance, we will invite you to a final Personal interview/training session. If you are successful, you will then be issued with your licence.   

Child Employment and Work Permits

Barnet is responsible for issuing work permits for children for working in part time jobs.  Having a part time job can be a rewarding and valuable experience for children. However, it is illegal for any child of statutory school age to have a job without a work permit from their home borough. This is because there is legislation that ensures that children in employment are not exploited, are employed safely in suitable roles and that their education and health do not suffer. Barnet ensures that legislation and guidance is adhered to through the work permit system.

How to apply for a Child Work Permit

The employer applies for the permit on behalf of the child through the Education Welfare Team. You can download work permit application form or you can request the form to be sent to you to complete and return via e-mail or post.

If there are no issues with the application with regards to the law and regulations, then the permit will be issued.

For more information or if you have any queries, please contact us.

Education Welfare Team

Address:
North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 7684