Applying for chaperone training

What is a chaperone?

A chaperone is someone registered with the Local Authority to look after children who are working in entertainment. Their duty is to ensure that the children’s safety, comfort and welfare are always taken care of. The chaperone is responsible for the child at all times, but a chaperone is not needed if the parent or carer of the child is present. Download a summary of a chaperone's duties (PDF 120 KB).

When is a chaperone required?

The Children (Performances) Regulations 1968 state that any child working in entertainment (stage, film, television, radio, musical performances, modelling and paid sport) must be cared for by a registered chaperone who is responsible for the proper care and control of the child including his/her comfort, treatment and moral welfare.

A registered chaperone must therefore be present at all times, unless the child is accompanied by their own parent or teacher. Each chaperone can care for a maximum of 12 children.

How can I register as a chaperone?

The Behaviour and Attendance Team is responsible for registering chaperones, and for issuing performance licences for children working in entertainment.

Brighton & Hove can only register you if you live inside the Brighton & Hove area, and pay your Council Tax to Brighton & Hove City Council. If in doubt, please use this Post Code checker to confirm your Local Authority.

To become a registered chaperone with us you will be need to:

  • apply for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
  • pass an online learning elearning course
  • provide us with ID and references

Online training course

Pay for an Online Learning course using the chaperone training online form. The cost of the training course is £35 to work as a volunteer chaperone, and £79 to work as a professional.

Contact the Child Employment Officer to access the Chaperone Training elearning: attendanceteam@brighton-hove.gov.uk or telephone 01273 291956

Once completed send us back a copy of your online learning badge

DBS checks, proof of identity and references

Once you've completed the chaperone training online form, we will send you a DBS form, along with an application form asking for details of two people we can approach as referees.

Return these forms to the Access to Education Team, along with a recent passport-style photo of yourself and proof of identity. Examples of the documents needed are listed in the DBS Checklist for Applicants (PDF 344KB).

We will send the DBS form to the police to check. The checking process can take 4-6 weeks. You'll be sent a DBS certificate telling you of the result of the DBS check.

We will also check your references at this point.

You then need to show us both your DBS Certificate, and your online learning badge. We need to see both documents before issuing your chaperone licence.