Chaperone permit

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All applicants must obtain a DBS check (previously CRB). Please complete and return form, with two passport‐size photographs.

The main aim is to help employers and voluntary organisations make safer recruitment decisions and help identify prospective candidates who may be unsuitable for certain work - especially involving contact with children and vulnerable adults.

The DBS check and chaperone approval process is only one part of an employer’s recruitment procedure.

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A child taking part in a performance or an activity under a licence, or a rehearsal during the licensing period, must be supervised at all times during the performance, activity or rehearsal by a chaperone that has been approved by the licensing authority, unless they are under the direct supervision of their parent, or a person who has parental responsibility for the child.  

This is to ensure that, at all times, a suitable person is responsible for the child’s welfare and it is clear who that person is. 

Chaperones have a duty to represent the child's interests and to help ensure that the law and licence conditions relating to the child's participation are complied with. 

A chaperone's first priority is always to the child’s best interest and wellbeing. Chaperones must have knowledge of the Children (Performances and Activities) (England) Regulations 2014 and the associated DfE guidance on child performances.

We also require chaperones to undertake safeguarding  training with Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Brent's Education Welfare Service can approve adults resident in Brent to act as chaperones. The application process involves completing an application form and obtaining a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check). The DBS check must be renewed every three years. We also take up references and invites candidates for interview to ensure that they are suitable to act as chaperones.  

All employers must continue with the other usual recruitment practices before the appointment of employees.

For more information on chaperones, email child.employment@brent.gov.uk or call 020 8937 3324