Child Performance Licence Information

Child Performance Licensing

The Children and Young Persons Act 1963 states in section 37 that a child shall not take part in public performances except under the authority of a licence granted by the local authority in whose area the child resides.  This applies to performances by children of 15 years or under at the Festival.

However, it also states that ‘a licence shall not be required for any child to take part in a performance to which this section applies if in the six months preceding the performance he/she has not taken part in other performances to which this section applies on more than three days.’

The local authority has confirmed that a licence is not needed unless the performance requires absence from a local authority-maintained school.  Therefore, it is the parent’s responsibility, not CFPA’s, to determine whether or not a licence is needed for their child.  If a licence is required, it is the parent’s responsibility to begin the licence application process set out below.  The following flow chart is designed to help parents reach the correct decision.  Please note, all class times can now be viewed on this website (see the Home Page), so parents can decide whether their child will need to be absent from school.

Child Licensing Flow Chart

The performance licence application is free and can be made either on-line or by post.  If a licence is needed, download the Licence Application Form and follow the instructions and guidance (shown in red).  The licence form must be completed by the child’s parent and then sent, with a photograph of the child and a copy of the child’s birth certificate, to:  An electronic signature and photographs of the required documents will be acceptable.  We would greatly prefer an email return, but a postal application will also be accepted.  Applications must be received by CFPA before 28th April, 2021, in order for statutory timescales to be met.

Click here to download the Licence Application Form (the download should appear at the foot of your screen).