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Chaperones for children in entertainment and activities

A child performing, rehearsing during the performance period or taking part in an activity must be supervised by a chaperone, at all times, unless they are under the direct care of their parent, a teacher from their school or their home tutor.

Grandparents and extended family members are not legal guardians unless they are recognised as such by the courts. Parents, unless they are approved as chaperones, cannot supervise children other than their own.

Chaperones are normally licensed by the local authority in which they live.

The role of chaperone is to exercise a duty of care to the child or children in their care which any parent might be reasonably expected to give that child.

In Derbyshire, chaperones need to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and attend a 2-hour chaperone training session. They also have to undertake introductory safeguarding training within the first 6 months of being licensed, or provide evidence of prior safeguarding training.

Chaperone licences are valid for 3 years.

From the date of application it will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks before a chaperone licence can be issued.

For more details, email or tel: 01629 532800.

Apply to be a matron or chaperone for children in entertainments

Renewing your licence

If your matron or chaperone licence is about to expire, you can apply to renew it.

Apply to renew a matron or chaperone for children in entertainments licence