Children of school age taking part in performances and entertainment must be in the care of either their parent, legal guardian or an approved chaperone at all times.
Relatives, childminders and friends are not legal guardians, unless they are recognised as such by the courts; they will need to be approved as a chaperone by the local authority where they live to chaperone a child. Parents can only chaperone their own children, if they would like to chaperone other children they will need to obtain a licence.
Chaperones are responsible for ensuring:
- the child is properly supervised at all times and has adequate meals, rest and recreation, when the child is not performing
- that suitable arrangements are made for the child to get home or to their lodgings after the performance
For more information view the chaperone duties guide.
To become a chaperone you will need to apply for a licence. The licence is valid for three years.
Due to COVID-19 and the Government's guidance, we will only issue licences with these guidance and measures in mind.
We will do our best to issue Child Performance licences, Child Work Permits, Body of Person's Approval, Exemption licences and Chaperone applications, but only if the request is compliant with the guidance set out by the Government. We will therefore require a risk assessment to be completed for those children working to ensure employers and production companies are adhering to these preventative measures.
More information is available from National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment.
We advise all chaperones licensed by Harrow Council to refrain from carrying out chaperone duties unless the current Government guidance is being followed and the performance has been approved by a local authority for it to take place.
New applicants are required to complete Harrow's Safeguarding Children Board e-learning courses.
If you haven't received safeguarding training you will need to meet with the Child Employment Officer for an informal assessment prior to completing the courses.
Renewing your licence
If you are renewing your licence we would advise you to also complete the NSPCC online training.
There is a non-refundable fee of £70 to apply for the licence. You can make a payment via the online form using a debit or credit card.
Apply for a chaperone licence
To apply for the licence you will need to:
- complete an enhanced disclosure Barring Service check
- upload a passport size photo to the chaperone application form
- complete an application for a chaperone licence
For more information about chaperones please download: