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It is a legal requirement that whenever children of compulsory school age are engaged in public performances or entertainment under a license issued by the local education authority, they must be supervised at all times by a registered chaperone, unless they are under the direct supervision of either parent or an agreed tutor.

A child taking part in a performance, which can include TV or filming, theatre, sporting activities or modeling, will require chaperoning.

The chaperone's hold a key role in ensuring that the experience a child gains whilst engaged in such performances or entertainment is one that they enjoy and find beneficial.

Any adult living in Wiltshire who is planning to work as a chaperone for child performances may apply to Wiltshire Council to be registered as an approved chaperone. Chaperones are approved for three years and will then be required to re-register. As several checks have to be made, please allow at least six weeks for the application process.

The requirements for approval with Wiltshire Council are:

  1. Submission of a completed application form together with two passport-sized photographs
  2. Completion of the reference documents by two referees
  3. A satisfactory ‘Enhanced’ DBS disclosure' certificate obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service DBS
  4. Attendance at our chaperone training.

Chaperone Training

The local authority has a statutory duty to protect children who are engaged in the performance industry. Once approved, chaperones act on behalf of the licensing authority and work to safeguard the health and well-being of children involved in performances. Therefore, attendance at our training is a requirement to complete the registration process. We operate several training sessions throughout the year, please email pnlo@wiltshire.gov.uk for details of the next available session. The session normally lasts for approximately two hours and includes an informative slideshow and completion of some related exercises. During the session you will also need to provide originals of the valid identity documents for the enhanced DBS check.

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: pnlo@wiltshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01722 438123
Out of hours:
Postal Address:

Penalty Notice and Licensing Officer
Behaviour and attendance
Education Welfare Service
Wiltshire Council
PO Box 2281

In Person:

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Last updated: 3 November 2015



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Penalty Notice and Licensing Officer
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Education Welfare Service
Wiltshire Council
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