If a child takes part in a performance for which they need a licence, this can include TV or filming, theatre, sporting activities or modelling, they will also require a chaperone (matron) who is responsible for their welfare.

How to become an approved chaperone

The Attendance Service undertakes the approval of chaperones. If you wish to apply to become an approved chaperone for a specific production, you will need to ensure that you apply at least two to three months prior to the date of the performance.

The Local Authority will have to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a criminal records check (enhanced with lists check) before you can be approved as a chaperone (matron). Please contact the Attendance Service at attendanceservice@newcastle.gov.uk for an application pack which contains the application form, declaration of convictions form and the DBS form. You will have to bring your completed DBS form and identity documents in person to the Attendance Service at The Heaton Centre.

Please note that if you use your chaperone approval in a paid capacity, you will need to pay for the DBS check plus an administrative charge (details available at the time of application).

In addition to the application process, you will also need to attend a basic training session before you can be approved as a chaperone.

How to apply for a performance licence

See Children in Entertainment.

How to contact the Attendance Service

Attendance Service
The Heaton Centre
Trewhitt Road
Heaton
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 5DY

Email: attendanceservice@newcastle.gov.uk

Page last updated: 
2 November 2016
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