Children Employment / Performance

What our service does

The purpose of my service is to protect and safeguard children/young persons in employment and entertainment.

A child can work from the age of 13 year and above, the most common employment is the newspaper delivery.

Child Performances licences are issued to children/young people who perform in non broadcast and broadcast programmes, even if there is no payment or time taken off school. Chaperones act as loca parentis to children who take part in these performances, individuals who look after children would need to apply for a chaperone licence, parents are allowed to chaperone their own child.

It provides children/young people with confidence and experience of life skills.

I go out to Bedford Borough Schools to present Child Employment in school assemblies covering both Child Employment and Child Performance legislations. Young people can approach me after the presentation.

On receipt of applications, I process and send them to the employers/producers.

However the young person and their families can enquire by ringing/emailing or writing to me.

Location of our service

I am based at Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP and can be contacted on 01234 228178

Who our service provides for

Child Employment is a service for children of compulsory school age from 13 to 16 years old and Child Performance is a service from 0 to 16 years old.

Both services can be provided until compulsory school age ceases. Compulsory school age ceases on the last Friday in June of the school year in which a child reaches sixteen.

How to start using our service

You can make direct contact with me to enquire or the Employer/Producer. The service is free to children of compulsory school age - it is a Statutory Duty for the Local Authority to provide this service.

There is no waiting list (see below).

If you are applying a work permit - it should be completed by the Employer, yourself and be signed by the Head teacher or Head of Year.

If you are applying for a performance licence, the legal requirement is 21 days notice providing we are satisfied that the child/young persons need are fully met.

How decisions are made about who can use our service

The CE Officer will keep parents and employers informed of the reasons why decisions have been reached in relation to work permit and performance licences being issued or denied.

How we communicate with our service users

Communication is via telephone and email.

Accessibility of our service

Yes, Bedford Borough is easy to get to and there is parking, plus fully wheelchair accessible.

Qualifications and training of our staff


General Contact Information

Please contact me on 01234 228178 for Guidance or information for Child Employment or Child Performance.

Contact for more information

Debi Momi
Child Employment Officer
Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AP
01234 228178
Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday mornings (Tel messages 24 hours)