When a child takes part in a performance which can include TV, filming, theatre or modelling they must be chaperoned by their own parent or an approved chaperone.
A parent may only chaperone their own child. No one else may look after your child if you are named on your child's licence as chaperone. A grandparent or other family member (unless they have parental responsibility) cannot undertake this role on your behalf.
A chaperone acts in "loco parentis" and should exercise the care which a good parent might be reasonably expected to give that child.
The maximum number of children a chaperone can look after at any one time is 12. However in most cases this will be too many as age and gender need to be taken into account along with the limitations of the venue.
To apply to become a chaperone please email email@example.com.
A child's performance licence will tell you what the child is allowed to do, you should ask the producer for a copy of the child's licence and familiarise yourself with the terms of the licence.
If a child is unwell they cannot perform, as a chaperone you have the right to stop them from performing until you are satisfied they are well enough to continue. Chaperones should contact the parent or named contact on the emergency contact register and ask them to collect the child if they are unwell.
If you have suspicions that a child is being neglected or abused or if a child makes a disclosure of that nature you must immediately inform the designated person for child protection or contact Children's Social Care.
If you have any questions contact the Child Employment and Entertainment Team:
Lancaster, Morecambe, Wyre, Fylde and Preston
Tel: 01772 531 799
Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire
Tel: 01257 517 344
Hynburn, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, Burnley and Pendle
Tel: 01282 470 616