Children of school age taking part in performances and entertainment must be in the care of either their parent, a legal guardian, or an approved chaperone at all times.
Chaperones are responsible for ensuring that:
- the child is properly supervised at all times and has adequate meals, rest and recreation, when the child is not performing
- suitable arrangements are made for the child to get home or to their lodgings after the performance
Relatives, childminders and friends are not legal guardians unless they are recognised as such by the courts. They need to be approved as chaperones by the local authority.
Parents can only chaperone their own children. If they want to chaperone other children they need a licence. Licences are valid for three years.
Before you start
To apply for a chaperone licence you need to:
- complete an enhanced disclosure Barring Service check
- upload a passport size photo to the chaperone application form
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.
Chaperone licence fees
There is a non-refundable fee of £70 to apply for the licence. You can make an online payment on the application form using a debit or credit card.
Renew a chaperone licence
If you are renewing your licence we advise you to also complete the NSPCC online training.