A child under school leaving age, who is involved in a theatrical production, filming or modelling, must be accompanied by a registered chaperone at all times.
What is a chaperone?
A chaperone is an adult who supervises a child who is taking part in performances. They ensure the health, safety and education of children in their care.
What must a chaperone do?
- Ensure they have disclosure and barring service clearance before undertaking duties.
- Be aware of the safeguarding children procedures.
- Inform the first response team of any child protection concerns.
- Make sure that emergency contact details of the children are held at the place of performance by the production company and are accessible if requested.
- Record injuries in the accident book and inform parents and the local authority as soon as possible.
- Be familiar with first aid and emergency procedures and always check that escape routes are clear before each performance.
- Ensure that suitable travel arrangements are in place and that the person previously agreed collects each child.
- Make sure that children leave no later than 30 minutes after the end of their part, and no later than 10pm (under 13 years), 10.30pm (13 years and over).
- Remain with the children at all times, except when the children are performing.
- Look after no more than 12 children.
- Co-operate with local authority officers if they enter premises where a performance is taking place.
How do I apply?
By completing and returning the application form and supporting documents below.
Please note: If you do not have a valid enhanced DBS (for a child workforce, dated within the last 3 years) you will need to complete and return all of the forms below including a passport sized photograph and an admin fee of £17.25.
- Chaperone Application Form (98 KB)
- Chaperone Self Disclosure (228 KB)
- Chaperone Applicant Schedule (236 KB)
- DBS Application Notes (177 KB)
Please note: If you already have a valid enhanced DBS (dated within the last three years) then you will just need to complete items 1-3 and return them with a passport sized photograph.
If you need to apply for a DBS check through us, you will also need to call into your local office with a passport size photograph and three forms of ID from the following list:
- Photo Driving Licence
- Bank Statement (dated within the last three months)
- Valid Passport
- Birth Certificate
- Utility Bill (dated within the last three months)
Please note: To chaperone a performance it is essential that you have your badge with you at all times. Any badges which are misplaced during the three years will incur a £5 administration fee for a replacement badge to be reissued.
If you have any queries, please contact:
Phone: 01785 278927
Phone: 01785 277409