What is a chaperone, who can be a chaperone, does your child need a chaperone and how to become a chaperone.

What is a chaperone?

Under current legislation, a chaperone must be appointed to look after any child of school age taking part in a public performance.

A chaperone supervises a child who is taking part in performances for the duration of the work. They may be the child's parent, teacher or a person approved by the local authority.

Who can be a chaperone?

Any adult can apply for a chaperone licence and providing a clear Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is received a licence will be issued.

Does my child need a chaperone?

If a parent or carer does not accompany a child to a performance or rehearsals, the production company is required to supply a chaperone that is currently licensed by a local authority, usually from the area where the performance takes place.

There must be a minimum of one chaperone to 12 children reflecting the age and sex of the children.

Chaperones are required to ensure the health, comfort, kind treatment and moral welfare of children in their care.

How do I become a chaperone?

Chaperone licences are obtained from the local authority. A disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required. The local authority will support you with the check but the cost for this must be met by the applicant.

For further information please contact:

Education Welfare Service
Tel: (01482) 394000

or alternatively, you can complete one of the following chaperone licence application forms and either email (MS Word version) or post back (either version).

Chaperone Licence Application Form (pdf 182kb)

Chaperone Licence Application Form (word 121kb)

A chaperone training course must be completed, online, before the application can be finalised. A link to the training will be sent to the email address you have provided.

How long does a chaperone licence last for?

Chaperone licences last for three years, or for as long as a current DBS certificate is valid for. After which, a renewal is required.

Renewing a chaperone licence

All renewals are treated as new applications and it is your responsibility to check your licence is still valid.

Is there any guidance available for chaperones?

We have provided chaperones with guidance in the following document available to download:

Guidance for Chaperones (pdf 158kb)

Chaperones - Safeguarding Guidance (pdf 376kb)

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