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The Children (Performances and Activities (England) Regulations 2014 states that in certain circumstances, children taking part in entertainment must be supervised by a chaperone.

Children in entertainment and performances must be in the care of their legal guardian (usually their parents) or an approved chaperone at all times; even when they are performing, they must remain in sight. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and childminders are not legal guardians (unless the courts have recognised them as such) so need to be approved in order to chaperone a child.

Become a chaperone

If you want to become a chaperone, you must apply to the council area where you live.  Any adult living in the Dudley borough may apply to Dudley Council to be registered as an Approved Chaperone. The Education Support Service undertakes the 'approval' of chaperones.

Before you apply

Please note:

  • As several checks have to be made, the time span between the Licensing Authority receiving an application and approval being granted can take up to four months.
  • Meetings for Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service application (DBS) are in person.
  • Interviews and training are delivered via Microsoft Teams.  To attend this type of meeting you will need access to one of the following devices: Android smartphone/iPhone/iPad or Windows computer.

How to apply

  • Please download and complete the PDF or Word version of the application form below. (Please ensure you complete all fields, as failure to do so may delay your application).
  • Submit your completed chaperone application form and any other relevant documentation using the 'register to become a chaperone' button below.
  • Applicants will also have to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for an Enhanced Certificate of Disclosure before approval as a chaperone. This check is carried out through Dudley Council.
  • You will also need to pass our Children Social Care records check to assess your suitability for the role.

Any approval is subject to Dudley Council being satisfied that you would be able to exercise proper care and control of the child/children, and that you will not be prevented from carrying out your duty as chaperone by other duties. Any breach of these conditions could lead to the approval being withdrawn.

Once approved

  • Chaperones are approved for three years
  • After three years you will need to re-register to remain on our approved list