Looking after children in licenced performances
All children who take part in licenced performances must be looked after by a responsible adult who is either their parent/carer or a Council approved chaperone.
A chaperone is there to look after the children in their care while they are performing.
Chaperones must know the Government regulations which protect children who perform and must attend chaperone training provided by the Council.
A chaperone must show the same care as a good parent would by making sure that :
- the children in their care are well looked after
- have regular breaks, rest and access to food and drink
- do not perform if they are ill, tired or upset and
- must be able to protect the child from harm.
Getting a chaperone licence
If you would like to become a chaperone please ask our Child Employment & Performance Officer for an application pack (using the contact us tab below)
Once the checks are complete, you’ll get a photo ID badge with the details of the performance you are chaperoning for. Your details will be held on file for 3 years. If you want to chaperone for another performance you will need to complete and return a disclosure form seven days before the performance.
Your licence will be valid for one year. If you want to renew your licence, you’ll need to complete the Chaperone Application and Rehabilitation of Offenders forms again. The DBS check is valid for three years.
- If you are a volunteer chaperone, there are no charges.
- There is a charge for professional chaperones. Please contact the Child Employment & Performance Officer for further information.