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Apply for Child employment, children in entertainment, and chaperone applications

Apply for Child Employment,  Children in Entertainment and Chaperone Applications

Child Employment Permits

The Child Protection Support Service for Schools (CPSSS)/Education Welfare Service issues employment permits in respect of children of compulsory school age who propose to engage in part-time employment.

As required by law [The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, Part X11, articles 135/6 & The Employment of Children Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996, amended 2006)], all employers of children of compulsory school age must apply for a permit to the Education Authority before the proposed starting date of the child's employment. The application must include written consent from the parent/carer of the child.

N.B. It is unlawful for any child under the age of thirteen to be employed.

If the Designated Officers in CPSSS are satisfied that all legal and regulatory conditions are being met, an employment permit is issued. If a permit is not issued, the proposed employment is unlawful.

Application forms and regulations are available from the CPSSS or by clicking on the links below:

Child Performance Licences

The Child Protection Support Service for Schools (CPSSS) issues performance licences in respect of children of compulsory school age who live in the Education Authority and propose to engage in public performances (both broadcast and non-broadcast performances). Applications should be made to the CPSSS/EWS office local to the child's home address.

As required by law [The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, Part X11, articles 137 – 145 & Children (Public Performances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996], all production companies should apply for a licence for each child to the Education Authority at least thirty days before the first performance (as required by the 1996 Regulations).

The application must be accompanied by :

  • Written consent from the parent/carer
  • Written consent from the principal of the school attended by the child if the performance/s necessitate absence from school
  • 1 photograph of the child
  • Proof of age of the child (either passport or birth certificate)

If the Designated Officers in CPSSS are satisfied that all legal and regulatory conditions are being met, a performance licence is issued. If a licence is not issued, the proposed performance is unlawful.

Application forms, regulations and guidance are available from the CPSSS or by clicking on the links below:

Chaperone Licences

The Child Protection Support Service for Schools licenses, registers and trains chaperones to safeguard children who have been licensed to perform.

As required by law [Children (Public Performances) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 Regulation 14], all licensed children who perform, if not accompanied by a parent/carer, must be accompanied by a licensed chaperone, who “shall have the care and control of the child with a view to securing his health, kind treatment and moral welfare” (Reg 14). The chaperone can care for a maximum of 12 children and is engaged / employed by the production company.

The Education Authority, Belfast Office holds the register of all licensed chaperones in Northern Ireland.

Application forms for licensing and registration are available from the Education Authority local offices or by clicking on the links below:

SERVICES & INFORMATION

The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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