Child employment

Chaperone approvals

All children licensed by a local authority to perform must be supervised at all times by a licensed chaperone or matron or the child’s parent.

Who is a chaperone

Chaperones are responsible for the welfare of children taking part in performance. They accompany the child, provide protection, guidance and support.

Chaperones have a duty to represent the child’s interests and to help ensure that the law and licence conditions relating to the child’s participation are complied with.

How to apply

Application for a chaperone must be made to the local authority in whose area the prospective chaperones lives. 

The application process involves completing an application form and obtaining an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check. The DBS checks all criminal records of all people working with children.

The Child Employment and Performance Licensing Officer also takes up references and invites candidates for interview to ensure that they are suitable to act as chaperones. As part of the approval process applicants must complete an online Child Safeguarding Course and attend a session for instruction and training on the many duties of a chaperone.

Due to various checks which have to be made, the time between the local authority receiving an application and the issuing of a chaperone licence can take a while. 


If you would like to know more about becoming a chaperone please use our online child employment enquiry form. 

Further information 

For more information about chaperone licences: