Inspections and powers of entry

A warrant will be sought from a magistrate for any place where there is reasonable cause to believe that employment is taking place, a person is believed to be taking part in a performance or being trained for dangerous performances, contrary to the provisions of the Act. With this warrant, an authorised officer of the local authority or a police officer may enter to make enquiries about that person.

The licence holder (applicant) must have individual licences for each child in their care at the place of performance. An inspecting local authority officer will wish to check each child’s licence together with their record sheets. The record sheets should detail such things as arrival/departure/tutoring and performing times throughout the production for which the licence was issued. Inspectors may also want to talk to the children, matrons, parents and the applicant.