How to apply for a permit to allow a child to work or perform
Children often want to earn extra money, and many parents want their children to do this to help them become independent and self-disciplined. But, there are laws to protect children for their welfare.
In Somerset, Education Welfare Officers are responsible for issuing licences, or work permits, for children in employment.
You can send all your questions about work permits to SomersetEducationSafeguarding@somerset.gov.uk
An employer is responsible for discussing the application with the child’s parent or guardian, and for getting the licence.
The parent or guardian must agree before the employer can complete the application process.
Please only fill in the form when the child has been offered employment.
Please note – In term-time or school holidays, no child is allowed work before 7am or after 7pm.
Children must be licensed by their local authority if they
Organisations which plan to use children in performance, sport or modelling should apply for a licence at least 21 days before the first rehearsal or performance. People who want to apply for a chaperone licence should apply 8 weeks in advance. The application forms are in the Downloads section of this page.
See our Chaperones page for more information.
Any enquiries about children in entertainment should be directed to SomersetEducationSafeguarding@somerset.gov.uk
Information for Chaperones and Licence Holders
Child Safe – Child Protection Resources and Support
Child Performance Licence Application Form
Chaperone role description
Chaperone Licence Application Form
The Children (Performance and Activities)(England) Regulations 2014 No. 3309
Somerset byelaws for the employment of children
Child Employment Information Guide
Employment of 16 and 17 year olds – facts for employers
Employment of 16 and 17 year olds – facts for young people
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