Apply for a chaperone licence

Applying to become a chaperone for children who perform

Children who require a performance licence must be chaperoned by either the child’s parent/ legal guardian or an approved (licensed) adult chaperone. Relatives (grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles etc.) or a nanny/ childminders cannot chaperone a child unless they hold a chaperone licence obtained from the local authority where they live. 

There are two types of licenses:

  • professional (if you are paid to chaperone) Enhanced DBS £62 Training £30
  • volunteer (if you are not paid to chaperone) Enhanced DBS £18 Training £15

We can only consider an approval to be a chaperone if:

  • you live within Buckinghamshire County Council's local authority. You can check if your home address falls within our area on the .GOV website
  • you are 18 years or over


Chaperone application process

  1. Complete the application form - state whether you are either applying to be a professional or a volunteer chaperone.
  2. Pay for your Enhanced DBS and your training - if you are registered with the updating service, do not complete a DBS. Please put your DBS certificate number on your application.
  3. Password - When we receive your application and confirmation of payments we will email you a username, password and other details for completing your DBS form online.
  4. DBS check - Once you have completed the above, call or email to arrange an appointment for your DBS ID document check. Checks take place at Buckinghamshire County Council Offices in Aylesbury.
    Please note, ID checks must take place within 4 weeks of completing your DBS form and can take up to 60 days to come back with clearance.
  5. Training dates - Call  or email to discuss booking a place on next available session. We hold sessions once a month.
  6. Attend training - The course is 2 hours and includes safeguarding and performance legislation relevant to chaperoning. We do issue information packs. Preferred payment for the training is through the BCC website using original reference number and DBS number, if this is not possible we can be paid on the day by cheque or cash.
  7. Chaperone licence ID cards - ID cards are issued when all of the above have taken place. They are valid for 3 years from the date of issue and should be carried at all times.

Contact details:

01296 382056/3512

DBS Update Service

For an annual subscription of £13 (free for Volunteers), applicants can have their DBS certificate kept up-to-date.  If you want to use this service once you receive your DBS certificate, register on the .GOV website with your certificate number.  You must do this directly with DBS online within 28 days of the receipt of your certificate.

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