What is a Chaperone Licence?
A chaperone is a person who accompanies and looks after another person or group of people, in this instance, a chaperone is an individual who supervises and who is responsible for the safeguarding of children who are licensed to engage in public performances.
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This chaperone will require a Chaperone Licence to perform in this assigned role. As a licensed chaperone, an individual will effectively be carrying out the Local Authority's responsibility for the care of children in entertainment.
What does a chaperone do?
A chaperone of young children should be highly responsible and enjoy working with children while also having the initiative to make sensible but fast decisions in emergency cases. They should also have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and legal requirements that chaperones are required to follow by law.
They will spend their time while on duty ensuring the protection of the child or children assigned to them, ensuring they are safeguarded and kept safe from harm while enforcing a strict level of health and safety at all times. They will also report any child protection concerns they may have, while also keeping a comprehensive record of incidents and areas of concern.
How to apply for a Chaperone Licence
Applicants for a Chaperone Licence will need to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance as provide positive references upon request to the local council in which they are based.
Applicants will also be required to attend and successfully pass child protection training. Local authorities may provide the training as part of the application process.
To apply for a Chaperone Licence, please visit the Official UK Government Website.
How to apply for a Chaperone Licence (Northern Ireland)
An application for a Chaperone Licence differs for those based in Northern Ireland as applicants will additionally need to apply via the Northern Ireland Education Authority.
To apply for a Chaperone Licence in Northern Ireland, please visit the Official Northern Ireland Education Authority.