Children involved in entertainment such as TV, film, paid modelling or sporting activities must be supervised by a council approved Chaperone unless they are in the care of their parent, legal guardian or in some circumstances a teacher. This is regulated under the Children and Young Person Act 1933/63 and the Children (Performance and Activities) (Wales) Regulations 2015.
The Chaperones role is to act in the best interest of the child, including their health, well-being and education throughout the time of the performance or activity. Chaperones must remain with the child at all times, and have sight of the child when they are on stage, set or performing. The precise duties whilst the child is at the place of performance or activity will vary depending on the type of performance or activity. However, their main duties are to ensure that the child/children are properly supervised when not performing and have adequate meals, rest and recreation. Chaperones must also ensure that suitable changing facilities are arranged by the company or venues, with separate changing rooms for boys and girls over five.
A Chaperone can supervise up to 12 children. However, due to the demands of the performance, or the ages, gender or special needs of the children, the local authority may decide that a Chaperone may only be responsible for a smaller number of children to ensure they are safeguarded appropriately.
To apply to become a Chaperone the following will need to be completed:
- Complete application form
- One passport sized photograph will be required
- Attend interview
- Satisfactory references from two referees will be required
- An enhanced Disclosure and Barring (DBS) certificate
- Relevant chaperone safeguarding training
Apply for a Chaperone License:
Regulations and Guidance Documents:
Children (Performance and Activities) (Wales) Regulations 2015
Chaperone Duties and Legal Obligations
Keeping Young Performers Safe
If you need to speak to someone regarding Chaperone licenses, please contact Schools Services on 01545 570881.
Further information can also be found on the National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment website.