A child taking part in a performance can include:
- film and theatre productions
- paid sporting activities
- modelling assignments
Children must be in the care and control of either their legal guardian (usually their parents) or an approved chaperone at all times. Other relatives, including grandparents, uncles, aunts and adult siblings, or childminders and nannies are not permitted to chaperone a child unless they hold a chaperone licence.
Responsibilities of a chaperone
Chaperones are approved by the local authority where they live. It is their responsibility to safeguard, support and promote the wellbeing of the child whilst the child is taking part in a performance or regulated rehearsal, or whilst living away from home in order to perform.
Chaperones must accompany the child at all times, including to and from the dressing room, school room, studio, set or stage and must remain in the studio, on set or by the side of the stage whilst the child is performing. They must remain with the child during meal, rest and recreation breaks. If the child is staying away from home the chaperone must stay with them at the lodgings.
The chaperone plays a major role in ensuring the child’s experience is enjoyable and beneficial. They are responsible for:
- ensuring the child has enough breaks and meals
- taking action if the child is ill, upset or tired
- considering health and safety issues
- safeguarding issues
A chaperone should not undertake any other duties whilst chaperoning, including involvement with any technical aspects of the production, directing or performing.
Who can apply to become a chaperone?
Any Bracknell Forest resident over the age of 18 can apply.
How to apply to become a chaperone
You will need to complete an application form to act as a chaperone and make an online application with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly CRB). There is a £10 fee payable online. Please contact the Child Employment Officer for information on how to access the DBS online system and make the online payment.
The applicant must arrange to meet with the Child Employment Officer with their supporting ID, who will run through the role and responsibilities of a chaperone, the child performance legislation and safeguarding best practices.
Once the application has been approved the licence is valid for 3 years, however Bracknell Forest Council reserve the right to withdraw approval if there are concerns over the chaperone’s conduct.
The council will hold the person’s details but they are not employed by the council, nor will the council find them work or recommend them to any prospective employer.