Information for chaperones

If you wish to look after a young person taking part in a performance, and you are not the parent or guardian, you are legally required to get a licence. A chaperone should give the same kind of care which a good parent might be reasonably expected to give that child.

To apply for a licence, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Have a valid South Tyneside DBS certificate. You will need to get clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is an online process and free for volunteers. Please email and request a link to the online application. You will also need to request a date and time to take your ID documents into Hawthorne Building, Jarrow, NE32 3DP. Once you have completed this process, a certificate will be posted to your address.
  • Have an up to date safeguarding certificate. If you don't have one you will be required to register and complete the e-learning safeguarding module "Safeguarding Everyone Level 1". To register, please see E-learning.
  • Complete an application form, see chaperone information and application pack. This also includes information about the role, duties and responsibilities of a chaperone.
  • Complete and sign the Chaperone code of conduct agreement form.
  • Once you have completed your safeguarding module and have your DBS certificate, you need to email copies of them to along with:
    • your chaperone approval application
    • a head and shoulder picture of yourself (this can be taken with a mobile device)
    • your completed chaperone code of conduct form
  • Attend a training session on the role of a chaperone. For details about the next available session (dates are non-negotiable and maybe through Teams video link) please contact

For more guidance on chaperone licences, see the Chaperone approval policy.