Apply for a 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

How long is the licence valid for?

The licence is valid for three years.


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.


To apply for the licence you will need to:

If you are renewing your licence we would advise you to also complete the NSPCC online training.

New applicants

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.

Further information

For further information about chaperones please download:

Children in entertainment

Address: Civic Centre
Station Road