Chaperoning children taking part in a performance or activity

Page updated on: 08/12/2020

A chaperone is someone who is licensed by a local authority to ensure the proper care and supervision of a child/children while taking part in a performances or activity.  They must make certain that they have the best interests of the child/children they are looking after, including their health, well-being and education throughout the time of the performance or activity. 

A chaperone is needed where the child’s parent or teacher is unable to supervise the child/children for the duration of the performance, rehearsal or activity.  School age children, up to and including Year 11, who are taking part in a rehearsal, performance or activity must by law be accompanied by a registered chaperone.  A chaperone can supervise a maximum of twelve children at a time. Performances can include any television, theatre, film or amateur performances as well as sporting activities or modelling.

To register as a chaperone you will need to apply to the local authority where you live.  It is necessary for prospective chaperones to:-

  • Complete a Chaperone Application Form attaching two recent passport size photos;
  • Provide two references;
  • Complete an Enhanced DBS application or, if you have subscribed to the DBS Update Service, give consent for a status check to be undertaken (it is your employer's responsibility to process the DBS application.  An e-mail will be sent to you with a link to your application form);
  • Attend a Child Protection Training course.

You will receive a licence valid for three years from the issue date. This will be recognised by all other Local Authorities therefore enabling you to work as a chaperone anywhere in the country.

Apply to be a chaperone (.pdf)