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.
Have a valid DBS certificate. You will need to get clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is an online process and free for volunteers. For more information about this process and access to the site please contact DBS@southtyneside.gov.uk Once you have completed this process you will be given a certificate
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 "An Introduction to Safeguarding". To register, please see South Tyneside. Safeguarding Children ea. After logging in, follow the instruction below to access the correct module:
Open 'request learning'
Open 'course request'
Choose 'level 1 safeguarding children'
Once you have completed your safeguarding module and have your DBS certificate, you need to email copies of them to SYP@southtyneside.gov.uk along with:
your chaperone approval application
a head and shoulder picture of yourself (this can be taken with a mobile device)
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 SYP@southtyneside.gov.uk
Children in entertainment
Many children enjoy performing:
Parents are usually very supportive, but laws exist to protect the children's welfare and prevent them from being exploited.
The person responsible for the production in which the child is to take part, must apply to the Local Authority in which the child lives for a Child Performance Licence.
In some circumstances an organisation putting on a performance can apply for a Body of Persons Approval (BOPA) rather than applying for individual performance licences for the children taking part. Read more about Body of Persons Approval (BOPA).