In some cases, the organiser of a performance involving children can apply for a Body of Persons Approval (BOPA). A BOPA covers all children in one approval, rather than having to have individual licences for each child in the performance. The decision whether to issue a BOPA is at the discretion of the Local Authority.
Any organisation can apply for a BOPA, as long as no child is paid, tickets are not sold and the event is not filmed for transmission. The Vale of Glamorgan Council will require assurance that the body requesting the BOPA has clear, robust and well-embedded policies for safeguarding children. Applications for a BOPA should be made to the Local Authority where the performance is taking place. The Local Authority can grant the approval even if the children taking part do not live within its boundaries.
If granted, a BOPA removes the need to apply for an individual licence for each child. It is granted to the organisation that is responsible for the performance. The issuing authority can impose conditions that they feel are needed to ensure the well-being of the children involved and may revoke approvals if these are not met.
If a child is to be absent from school this exemption (BOPA) cannot be relied upon. A licence will be required.