A chaperone, also known as a matron, is someone who is licensed by a local authority to look after children who are working in entertainment. They make certain that the child does not work too many hours without proper breaks, education is provided in certain circumstances, and that the child's safety, comfort and welfare are taken care of at all times.
A chaperone can supervise a maximum of 12 children at a time, who must all be of the same sex. The chaperone is responsible for the child at all times except when she/he is rehearsing, performing or with a parent or carer.
When is a chaperone needed?
School-age children, up to and including Year 11, who are taking part in or rehearsing for a public performance must by law be accompanied by a registered chaperone, if the child cannot be accompanied by their parents or carer.
These performances include any television, theatre, film or amateur performance as well as sporting activities or modelling.
Children involved in any performance, whether it is a village hall pantomime or a long running broadcast performance, will always need to be accompanied by a registered chaperone. Similarly, if the performance runs longer than three days the child will need a child performance licence.
How do I register to become a chaperone?
Before you can be issued with a licence you will need to complete an application form. The council will also need to undertake an enhanced level of check from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS). You will also need to attend a training course.
For further information please go to www.homeoffice.gov.uk/dbs or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chaperone application form (PDF 40kb)
Chaperone information leaflet (PDF 104kb)
What do I need to do next?
You now need to make an appointment with the Child Employment Officer to arrange an interview to discuss your application. Please call on 01443 866689.
- Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and1963
- Children (Performances) Regulations 1968
- The Children (Performance) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1998(1)
- The Children (Performance) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2000