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Child employment, chaperones and children in entertainment

Part-time work (school age children)

Part-time work can improve your confidence, provide valuable experience and earn you some money!

But did you know?

  • you must be at least 13 years old to work part-time
  • any job must be done outside of school hours
  • it must not affect your studies or mean you miss school.
  • you must have a work permit if you are still of school age *

* School age is right up until the last Friday in June of Year 11 - even if you are already 16 or have a National Insurance Number.

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Chaperones

You're legally required to get a licence if you wish to look after a young person taking part in a performance, and you're not the parent or guardian.

A chaperone is acting in "loco parentis" and should exercise the care which a good parent might be reasonably expected to give that child.

To obtain a licence you must be 18-years old or over.

Request an application form from:

Child Employment Officer
2nd Floor Quadrant West
Cobalt Business Park
Tyne & Wear
NE27 0BY
Telephone: (0191) 6438364
Fax: (0191) 6438399

 When you've completed and returned your application to us, we'll need to get:

  • a Disclosure and Barring enhanced disclosure
  • two references

A fee is payable for the Enhanced DBS check plus an administration charge. It will take up to 12 weeks to process your application. This cost will not be applied if the applicant is a volunteer.

Children in entertainment

Many children enjoy performing:

  • on stage
  • in films
  • on TV
  • as models
  • in sport

Parents are usually very supportive, but laws exist to protect the children's welfare and prevent them from being exploited.

The person responsible for the production in which the child is to take part must apply to the Local Authority in which the child lives for a Child Performance Licence.

To find out more, contact:

Child Employment Officer
Telephone: (0191) 643 8392
Tue-Thu 10am-3pm

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