Chaperones for children in entertainment

All children who require a performance licence must have a chaperone to supervise them while they are taking part in performances and ensure their health, safety and wellbeing.

The chaperone can be either the child’s parents, their legal guardian or an adult who has been approved by their local authority as a chaperone.

Relatives other than parents must get chaperone approval from the local authority area in which they (the relative) live before they can chaperone the child.

Chaperone responsibilities

A chaperone's first priority is always to the child. A chaperone is the key person to whom the child looks for guidance, protection, clarification and support.  

Responsibilities include:

  • checking the performance licence and telling the local authority if there are any concerns
  • looking out for the child's wellbeing at all times 
  • making sure a child does not perform if they are unwell
  • making sure the production company follows the terms of the licence and the rules set down by the legislation, and negotiating with the company or removing the child if they do not
  • liaising with the production company to resolve any issues that might be harmful to the child's health, wellbeing or education 
  • removing the child if there are any serious child protection issues and contacting the police immediately 
  • keeping a note of important contacts, for example their licensing authority, the child's licensing authority, the local authority in whose area the child is performing, the child's agent and the child's parent/legal guardian

Apply for or renew for a chaperone licence

We can consider applications for chaperone approval for anyone who lives in Cheshire East and is over 18.  

To renew a licence, you need to re-apply.

We need a minimum of 3 months to process the application and carry out relevant checks.

There are 3 steps in the approval process:

1. Send us your application

Complete the chaperone approval application form (MS Word, 54KB)  and send it to us with a passport size photo of yourself if possible.

email:childemployment@cheshireeast.gov.uk 

post: 

Attendance and Children Out of School Service
Floor 5, Delamere House
c/o Municipal Buildings,
Earle Street
Crewe
CW1 2BJ

2. After completing the form

After completing and submitting the form we will contact you about your application.

3. Do our chaperone training

New applicants

We are no longer holding face to face training, but will do training via Teams, please see the list of when these will be held.

Chaperone training dates
DatesTimes
Thursday 12 January 10.00am - via teams
Thursday 12 January 17.00pm - via teams
Thursday 9 February 10.00am - via teams
Thursday 9 February 17.00pm - via teams
Thursday 9 March 10.00am - via teams
Thursday 9 March 17.00pm - via teams
Thursday 6 April 10.00am - via teams
Thursday 6 April 17.00pm - via teams

For renewals

Once we have received your application form we will email a link and instructions of how to log on. The training takes about 15 minutes.

More information on regulations and responsibilities

As a chaperone, it is It is important you understand child performance regulations. For a list of laws and regulations with useful guidance documents, see National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment -  England performance legislation.

Contact us

childemployment@cheshireeast.gov.uk

01270 686199

The Child Employment Office
Floor 5
Delamere House
C/o Municipal Buildings,Earle Street

Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 2BJ L

Page last reviewed: 09 August 2022