Chaperone licence

Applying to become a Chaperone

Applications for a Chaperone licence should be made to the Local Authority (LA) in which you live and anyone aged 18 or over can apply to be registered as a chaperone with Wandsworth.

Chaperones (also known as Matrons) are responsible for safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children taking part in entertainment. If you want to Chaperone a child other than your own, you will need to hold a valid Chaperone licence.

All Chaperones need to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which includes a check of the DBS barred lists for children.

Responsibilities of a Chaperone

The law states that the Chaperone is acting in loco parentis (in place of the parent) and should ‘exercise the care which a good parent might be reasonably expected to give that child’.

Chaperones cannot be employed in any additional role while on site. The job of a Chaperone is to make the well-being of the child or children in their care a top priority through:

  • Ensuring that children are content, occupied and focused
  • Being aware of health and safety issues
  • Responding appropriately to any illness or injury
  • Ensuring follow-through on educational provision
  • Having a thorough understanding of the child entertainment guidelines and regulations
  • Being ready and willing to speak up on behalf of the child to ensure that their needs are met and they are not put at risk, exploited, or asked to work contrary to guidelines

Apply for a Chaperone licence

To apply for a Chaperone licence, you will need to: 

  • Complete an application form
  • Send it to us by post or email and include a clear passport sized photograph of yourself
  • Complete an online DBS application form. You will be given a link to the website and details of how to access the DBS form once we receive your application.  A cost of £46 will apply to carry out DBS checks for all professional Chaperones and £12 for all volunteers (if you meet the DBS definition of a volunteer) for which you will be invoiced. 
  • Prove identity by showing three types of ID - (originals only accepted) in person, at a time agreed with an Officer from the Education Welfare Service or Human Resources Section.  If you subscribe to the DBS Update Service you only need to supply a photocopy of your Enhanced Disclosure with your chaperone application form. 
  • Attend Safeguarding and Chaperoning training session before your licence can be renewed, normally within the year of issue.
  • Once we have received a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure, (which can take from two to six weeks) and two satisfactory references, we will send you your certificate, which will be valid for one year. Where you have also attended a Safeguarding and Chaperoning training session, you will be issued a certificate which will be valid for 3 years.
  • You must let us know of any changes to your circumstances or address, which may invalidate your registration.

More information

If you are interested in becoming a Chaperone, want more information, or are planning to begin the application process contact the Education Welfare Service:

Education Welfare Service
The Town Hall
Wandsworth High Street
London
SW18 2PU

Visit the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) for more information on Chaperoning and related issues.