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Becoming a chaperone

Children taking part in a performance - including tv, filming, theatre and modelling - need a licensed chaperone.

Chaperones give the care and make decisions for a child when a parent or guardian is not there.

Responsibilities of a chaperone

  • The child is your first priority
  • Give guidance, protection and support
  •  Say no of work requests that could be bad for a child's health, wellbeing and/or education. For example, a request for a child to stay over time allowed by child's licence or regulations 
  • Make sure a child never performs if unwell
  • Keep a list of important contacts list, including licensing authorities, local authorities, agents, and parents or legal guardians
  • Make sure a child's licence has been granted; always ask to see a child's licence upon arrival at a place of performance
  • Contact the Local Education Authority (LEA) immediately if an organisation cannot prove a child's licence exists 
  • Check that a company does its legal duty during a performance. For example, logging the arrival and departure times of children
  • You may find yourself under pressure from the production company to relax regulations due to re-scheduling, but you must remember that your first duty is to the care of the child

Application process

On receiving an application, Medway Council's Attendance Advisory Service to Schools and Academies (AASSA) will send you an application form and a DBS form.

Once you receive these, contact the AASSA office to arrange an interview time. Bring the completed forms and applicable ID documents:

  • passport
  • marriage licence (if applicable)
  • driving licence (if applicable)
  • a recent letter or bill showing their current address
  • two passport-size photographs 

After receiving the enhanced disclosure clearance, contact the AASSA office to have the disclosure witnessed. After confirming two signed references, an Attendance Advisory Practitioner (AAP) will contact you to arrange the required training session where the Chaperone Licence will be issued.

Allow up to 6 weeks for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) approval, with extra time for meetings, training and reference confirmation, before the licence is issued.

For more information

Contact the Attendance Advisory Service for Schools and Academies

Telephone: 01634 337 309 or email: childperformance@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Attendance Advisory Service for Schools and Academies, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR