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Apply to be a child chaperone

Chaperones look after children who take part in performances for television, film or theatre or in other activities such as sports or modelling.

Children must be in the care of either their parent, legal guardian or an approved chaperone at all times.

Grandparents, uncles, childminders etc are not legal guardians, unless they are recognised as such by the courts and will need to be approved in order to be the chaperone.

Parents, unless they are an approved chaperone, can't be responsible for children other than their own. 

Your duties as a chaperone

Your sole concern must be to protect the health, safety, moral welfare and education of each child in your care and make sure they are treated kindly.

You must be familiar with all the rules and regulations around child protection to keep the children in your care safe.

You must stay with the children you are supervising at all times. When they are performing you don’t need to be by their side, but you must always be able to see them.

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Checking a venue

You have a responsibility to check the performance venue and make sure it is safe and has suitable facilities. We’ll give you a checklist to help you do this.

Apply to be a chaperone

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live in Leicestershire.

To apply for approval as a chaperone you will need:

  • One certified passport sized portrait photograph taken in the last 6 months.
    The photograph needs to be endorsed by someone else. The persons certifying the photograph should endorse it on the back “I certify that this is a true likeness of (insert name of applicant)” and signed with his or her name and add the date the likeness was confirmed.
  • This certifier needs to also complete the authorisation details on the application form

Endorsements can be done by a professionally qualified person who personally knows you (eg a doctor, teacher, lawyer, engineer); bank manager; Member of Parliament; Justice of the Peace; minister of religion, established civil servant or a person of similar standing. Photos can’t be endorsed by a relative.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks require 3 original identification (ID) documents - list of acceptable documents for a DBS check
  • Your administration fee of £8.40 for voluntary unpaid chaperones or £56.40 for paid chaperones. You can pay in cash or by cheque (made payable to Leicestershire County Council)

Once you have all the items above you need to telephone the Child Performance and Employment Team on 0116 305 7820 to arrange a suitable time for an informal interview, to show us your documents and to pay the administration fee.

Please note: that each DBS application is different and the completion time can vary with some checks taking longer, especially if they are at an enhanced level and are referred to the police for checks against non-conviction data. During periods of high demand, it may take more than 8 weeks. You must bear this in mind if you wish to be a registered chaperone for a specific event by applying in plenty of time.

After your interview you will get an email invitation from East Midlands Shared Services to complete your personal details and the DBS disclosure form.

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Approved applications

The approval process involves us having sight of:

  • a satisfactory enhanced DBS (CRB) disclosure. After you have shown us your documents and submitted the online DBS disclosure form, an email will be sent to us with the outcome of your DBS check.
  • 2 satisfactory references – we will ask you for these details as part of your application form.
  • a satisfactory social care check – this will be discussed at the informal interview.

If you have been approved as a chaperone you’ll be sent your certificate and ID badge by post and these are valid for approximately 3 years. You must tell us if your circumstances or address change as this can invalidate your registration.

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