NB - The Education Welfare Service is under re-organisation within the Gateway Service and should you require support on the issue of Child Entertainment & Employment, please contact the Gateway Service on the telphone numbers provided on this and subsequent pages
What do I need to do if I want to work?
You need to apply for an Employment Licence by completing an application form which can be obtained from the Education Welfare Service at the Council. Your employer may also have a form. The form has sections which need to be completed by your parent/guardian and your employer.
The licence should be applied for and then approved by the Council in which the work is to be carried out.
Children in Entertainment
Because the law is complex, this is not a complete guide and you should always seek advice from the Council if you are unsure. (see linked page: Entertainment Licences)
What does the law mean by a 'performance'?
The term 'performance' includes TV or film work, theatre, certain sporting activities or modelling and rehearsals. It does not include school assemblies, choirs, orchestras, sports teams or productions that are supervised by teachers in school or run by people approved by the Local Authority.
What does the law mean by 'child'?
A child is classed as anyone from birth until the end of his or her last year of compulsory education. A child's compulsory schooling finishes on the last Friday in June of the school year in which they have their 16th birthday, not on their 16th birthday.