When a child is required to be licensed by the local authority to take part in a performance, whether it is TV, filming, theatre or modelling, the child must be supervised at all times either by their parent/legal guardian or by an approved chaperone.
Grandparents or other family members are not legal guardians unless they have been appointed as such by the courts.
Chaperones act in the place of a parent by exercising the care which a good parent might reasonably be expected to give that child. Their first priority is always to the child and they must take action to prevent the child performing if it would be detrimental to the child's health, wellbeing and/or education.
For detailed information about chaperones and how they carry out their duties, download the guidelines for chaperones document here [211kb]. We've also produced a children in entertainment booklet [201kb] which provides information about the types of work that require a licence.
Chaperones must complete a daily record sheet for each child performing [243kb]. A chaperone referral form [139kb] must be completed by the chaperone and returned to us if they have any concerns whilst chaperoning a child.
If you are interested in applying to become a chaperone, please contact us.