Children licences

If you are putting on a show involving children or employing a school age child, find out if you need a licence or permit.

Chaperone licence

A chaperone (or matron) must be appointed to look after any school-age child taking part in a performance (except if the child's parent/guardian is present).

What you need to know

It is the licence holder's responsibility to ensure that an approved chaperone (or matron) is appointed to care for the child. You may not undertake any matron/chaperone duties until you are registered/re-registered. You can find out more about the role in the  chaperone duties (Word doc) [61KB] document.

What we need to see

If you would like to apply to become a chaperone you will need to download and complete the  chaperone application form (Word doc) [84KB] or request it through the post by emailing

The Applications Admin team will provide you with login information to apply online for a DBS certificate.

Once you have completed the application form and your online DBS application, please email us with all the relevant documents.

You will need to include copies of the following items when you email your chaperone application form:

  • 1 passport size photo

Any 3 of the following items:

  • passport
  • driving licence
  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate/decree absolute
  • National Insurance number
  • proof of your current address (this could be a utility bill, bank statement, council tax bill)

You must allow a minimum of 2 months for your application to be processed.

Once a satisfactory DBS report and references are received, you will need to complete the online chaperone training with NSPCC and attend a short virtual interview with the borough's Child Employment and Entertainment officer. The link for the online training will be sent to you. Please ensure you send your certificate as evidence of completion.

Please note: The chaperone training and interview is now compulsory in LBH. Without these, you will not be granted your licence to chaperone.


For professional chaperones, the cost of a licence is £150. This includes training costs which is mandatory to attend.

There is no fee for a volunteer chaperone licence, but you will be expected to cover the cost of for the training only. The cost of the training is  £25.00 and is mandatory.

Page last updated: 20 May 2022