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.
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
Applications for a Chaperone licence should be made to the Local Authority (LA)/council where you live.
Applications in the borough of Wandsworth require:
- A completed application form together with 1 passport sized photograph
- The name of two referees (who we will contact for references about your suitability to become a chaperone)
- A completed Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) online application form (there may a charge for this from 1 April 2015)
- Submission of ID documents for DBS verification checks
- Evidence of Safeguarding training completed within the last 3 years (required from 1 April 2015)
- Evidence of Chaperone training attended from (required from 1 April 2015)
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
- 020 8871 8306
Visit the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) for more information on Chaperoning and related issues.