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
Due to COVID-19 and the Government's guidance on social distancing measures, including the closure of theatres, 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.
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.
New applicants are required to complete Harrow's Safeguarding Children Board e-learning courses - both courses will need to completed. If you haven't previously received safeguarding training you will need to meet with the Child Employment Officer for an informal assessment prior to completing the courses.
To apply for the licence you will need to:
- complete the online chaperone application form
- upload a passport size of photo to the online form
- complete an enhanced disclosure Barring Service check
If you are renewing your licence we would advise you to also complete the NSPCC online training.
How long is the licence valid for?
The licence is valid for three years.
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