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Children can benefit from the opportunity to perform on stage or screen, or take part in sporting or modelling activities. However, there is a need to ensure the child's safety and wellbeing are protected.
A licence is required for some activities to ensure that children are fit to participate, are looked after and treated well, and that their education will not suffer as a result of them taking part.
The person responsible for obtaining the licence will be the person arranging the performance or licenced activity.
It is a legal requirement to get a licence and failure to do so is an offence. It is also an offence for a parent or carer to allow a child to take part in a licensable performance without a licence. The person responsible for obtaining a licence and/or the parent or carer may be subject to a fine, imprisonment or both.
A licence is required for the following:
Amateur groups, musical performances, student productions and films are not exempt from the requirements.
You can apply for a Child Performance Licence by following the link.
Where no payment (except for expenses) is made to the child or another person in connection with a performance, a licence is not required in respect of the following:
If the child requires to be absent from school, the application should also be signed by their head teacher.
If you would like more detailed information, please refer to The Children (Performances and Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2014.
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