We will consider all applications for Licences for Children in Entertainment on a case by case basis and will require a Covid-19 specific risk assessment to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the child. Due to the challenges posed by the addition of a Covid-19 specific risk assessment we will require a minimum of 10 working days , if all documentation is present, to process applications.
Children up to 16 years old working in entertainment, in paid employment or as amateurs may need to be licensed by us.
- Application for a licence for a child in entertainment
- Risk assessment questionnaire to accompany all applications
Examples of areas requiring a licence include:
- film or stage work
- voice overs
- performing in amateur dramatics
- singing or dancing performances
We require ten working days notice of a performance to process a licence application once the completed and signed application form and all supporting documents are received by the Education Welfare Team.
Apply to be a chaperone
If you would like to apply to be a chaperone for children in entertainment you must complete the chaperone application form. You will also need a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly CRB) certificate. If you need a form to apply for a DBS certificate please contact us.
Body of persons approval (for children who are unpaid in entertainment)
Amateur organisations who are planning productions to take place in Merton may apply for a "body of persons" rather than applying for individual children's performance licences.
- Body of persons licence application guidance
- Body of persons checklist for organisations
- Body of persons application form
- Body of persons medical questionnaire
- Body of persons spreadsheet
Education Welfare Service
10th Floor, Merton Civic Centre
Telephone: 020 8545 4021