The Child Performance Regulations 2014 state that any child/ren who are taking part in a licensed performance must be looked after by their own parent/guardian or a Local Authority approved chaperone. The chaperone is responsible for the proper care of the children to secure the child’s health, safety and welfare needs while they are at the place of performance.
A chaperones first priority is always to the children in their care. A chaperone is the key person to whom a child looks to for guidance, protection, clarification and support. Chaperones are also required to mediate between the child, the licence holder and the licensing authority and must also ensure that the performance licence conditions and child performance regulations are upheld.
Applying to become a chaperone
To become a Local Authority approved chaperone, you will need to:
- Complete a chaperone application form, and submit a passport size photo
- Provide two referees, one must be your present or most recent employer
- Undergo an Enhanced DBS check for the Child Workforce
- Attend a short interview with the Child Employment & Performance Officer
- Attend chaperone training provided by the Local Authority
Once the checks are complete you will receive an ID card specific to the production you wish to chaperone for. Your details will be held on file for 3 years. If you wish to chaperone for another production during that period, you must contact the Child Employment & Performance Officer and complete and return a disclosure form at least seven days prior to the performance you wish to chaperone for.
There is no charge for volunteer chaperones. If you wish to be a professional chaperone there will be a charge.
Chaperone code of conduct
If there is any evidence of an offence or the Chaperone is found to be unsuitable for any reason, the licencing authority has the power to revoke the chaperones approval and de-register the chaperone.
For an application pack to become a Local Authority approved chaperone, please contact the Child Employment & Performance Officer: