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Children in Entertainment: Restrictions

General
A child must not perform for the maximum permitted days in a week, for more than eight consecutive weeks, without an interval of two weeks.

A maximum of two performances or rehearsals is permitted per day.

Only one performance or rehearsal is permitted on any day a child attends school for a full day.

There must be an interval of one and a half hours between two performances in the same day. This interval may be reduced to 45 minutes on two days in a week, providing the child is not at the place of performance for more than six hours.

Stage Performances
  • A child cannot take part in performances / rehearsals on more than six days in any one week.
  • Earliest and latest times:
    13 and over: 10.00 am to 10.30 pm*
    Under 13: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm*
    * Or half an hour after their last appearance, whichever is earlier.
  • If a child has to be on stage after 10.00 pm or 10.30 pm, the latest time may be extended to 11.00 pm on not more than three evenings in any one week, and not more than eight evenings in four consecutive weeks.
  • An interval of 14 hours must elapse between a child leaving and arriving at the theatre (unless the child is present to receive private tuition).
  • Length of performance must not exceed three and a half hours and the child's part must not exceed two and a half hours.

Broadcast and Recorded Performances
  • A child must not be at the place of performance / rehearsal for more than five days in any one-week.
  • A child may only take part in performances of the same nature on the same day, (this allows a child to take the part of another child in the same performance).

Aged 13 and over (TV recordings only):
  • A child can be present for not more than 12 hours on any day, or for not more than 10 hours a day on any 2 days, or for not more than 9.5 hours a day on any 3 days
  • Earliest and latest times: 7.00 am to 7.00 pm or 10.00 am to 10.00 pm.
  • A child can be present for twelve hours only provided they have not been present on any other day that week and not present after 7.00 pm. on more than 20 days in the previous 12 months; or
  • Provided they have not been present for more than 4 hours on any other day that week; does not take part for more than 2 hours any other day that week; does not take part on a day following a day on which he was present after 7 pm and has not been present after 7 pm on any of the 6 previous days.

Aged 9 and over
:
  • Must not be present for more than nine and a half hours at the place of performance.
  • Earliest and latest times: 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.
  • The latest permitted time (7.00 pm) may be extended by 30 minutes provided that the total hours are not exceeded; the child will not suffer and reason for extension is outside the control of the licence holder (the Licensing Authority must be advised). Total period of performance limited to four hours.
  • Any continuous period of performance limited to one hour.
  • Total period of performance limited to four hours.
  • A child present at a place of performance for more than four hours must have a minimum of two intervals - one hour for a meal, 15 minutes for rest.
  • A child present at a place of performance for more than eight hours must have a minimum of three intervals - two one hour breaks for meals, 15 minutes for rest.
  • Meal breaks may be reduced to 30 minutes if performances are out of doors and maximum hours are not exceeded. Maximum numbers of hours must include any private tuition.

Aged 5 to 8
:
  • Must not be present for more than seven and a half hours at the place of performance.
  • Earliest and latest times: 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
  • Any continuous period of performance limited to 45 minutes.
  • Total period of performance limited to three hours.
  • A child present at a place of performance for more than three and a half hours must have a minimum of two intervals - one hour for a meal, 15 minutes for rest.
  • A child present at a place of performance for more than eight hours must have a minimum of three intervals - two one hour breaks for meals, 15 minutes for rest.

Aged under 5
:
  • Must not be present for more than five hours at the place of performance.
  • Earliest and latest times: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
  • Any continuous period of performance limited to 30 minutes.
  • Total period of performance limited to two hours.
  • The remaining time at the place of performance must be for meals, rest and recreation.

Night work - Films, Television and Broadcast
:
Where the licensing authority is satisfied that it is absolutely essential, a child may take part in a recording after the latest permitted hour and before the permitted start time.

Where a Licence has been granted for night work:
  • The number of hours a child works after the latest permitted hour must not exceed the maximum hours allowed.
  • There must be an interval of at least 16 hours, where night work has occurred before any further work.
  • If night work takes place on two consecutive nights there must be a seven day interval before any further night work.

More information can be obtained from the Child Employment & Licensing Section:

email: Child Employment and Licensing Section

Tel: 0121 303 8900

If you need to see a member of the team a prior appointment is necessary.