Children in entertainment

Apply for a chaperone licence

All children taking part in a licenced performance must be supervised by their parent or guardian, or by a registered chaperone at all times.

A chaperone should take care of a child in the same was as a parent or guardian would.

There are 2 types of chaperone licence:

  • voluntary sector licence - unpaid chaperoning work
  • professional sector licence - paid chaperoning work

Please allow 28 days notice for your application to be processed.

Before you apply

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate

You need to have a current Child Workforce enhanced DBS Certificate to apply.

If you don’t have one or it is out of date, you’ll need to apply for a new one.

If you are working in the voluntary sector, you will need to apply through the group you are chaperoning for.

If you are working professionally, you will need to apply through our Child Employment Team.

Guidance and checklist

Read the following guidance for details of the process and what you need to submit with your application:

Apply

To apply, please complete our online form.

Alternatively, you can download PDFs of the forms and email the completed forms through to the address noted in the documents:

Fees

Professional chaperone licence

There is no fee if you already have a valid DBS certificate.

If you need to apply for a DBS certificate, the fee is £59.

Voluntary chaperone licence

There is no fee if you already have a valid DBS certificate.

If you need to apply for a DBS certificate, the group organising the chaperone licence will pay £15.

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