Regulated under the Children Young Person Act 1933/63 and the Children (Performances and Activities) (Wales) Regulations 2015.
It is a legal requirement that children engaged in public performances, working in TV, film, paid modelling or sporting activities, under a licence issued by the local authority, must be supervised by a council-approved Chaperone, unless they are in the care of their parent, legal guardian or, in certain circumstances, a teacher.
A Chaperone's first duty is to the child in their care. They are responsible for safeguarding, supporting and promoting the wellbeing of the child, and must not engage in any activity that would interfere with their duties.
Chaperones must remain with the child at all times, and have sight of the child when they are on stage, set or performing. The precise duties whilst the child is at the place of performance or activity will vary depending on the type of performance or activity. However, their main duties are to ensure that the child/children are properly supervised when not performing and have adequate meals, rest and recreation. Chaperones must also ensure that suitable changing facilities are arranged by the company or venues, with separate changing rooms for boys and girls over five.
A Chaperone can supervise up to 12 children. However, due to the demands of the performance, or the ages, gender or special needs of the children, the local authority may decide that a Chaperone may only be responsible for a smaller number of children to ensure they are safeguarded appropriately.
The Chaperone registration process in Torfaen includes the following:
- A completed application form
- One passport-sized photograph
- Satisfactory recommendations from two referees
- An enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS/CRB) certificate
- Attendance on Torfaen's mandatory Chaperone Training course
- Payment of the relevant fees
If you wish to apply for a licence, download the Chaperone Application Form.
Regulations and Guidance Documents
Further information can be found in the following regulations and guidance documents:
Information can also be found on the National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment website.
For further information please contact the Education Welfare Service on 01495 766965.
Last Modified: 09/11/2022
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