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Safeguarding children on licensed premises

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Children's Services are the responsible authority for matters relating to the protection of children from harm under the Licensing Act 2003.

It is a national licensing objective to safeguard children from their birth until they turn 18.

Children's Services are notified of new applications for the sale and supply of alcohol and public entertainment and all licence variations.

 We aim to reduce the risk of a range of safeguarding issues, including:

  • sexual exploitation
  • substance misuse
  • witnessing or being victims of crime
  • anti-social behaviour


All staff (paid or unpaid) involved in premises which have been licensed under The Licensing Act 2003 should read our Safeguarding Children on Licensed Premises guidance .

This includes: 

  • cinemas
  • clubs
  • department stores
  • festivals
  • hot food takeaways 
  • off licenses
  • pubs
  • restaurants
  • shops
  • sports venues


Contact us

Contact the Licensing Team for advice on any licence or to make a complaint about a licensed business.

Phone: 01642 524802