Chaperone licence

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.

Chaperone's responsibilities

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. 

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Please refer to updated Government guidelines on COVID-19 before proceeding with any child performance, activity or employment.  Safety of the children and prevention of the spread of the virus is paramount.

If you feel a production or employer is not adhering to their risk assessment or you have any concerns and you are unable to resolve them, please contact us.

New applicants 

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:

For more information about chaperones please download: