Chaperone licence and child employment

To escort children who are performing, you will need a chaperone licence.  

Applicants must be over the age of 16 and live in the London Borough of Bexley.

The performances are usually in the form of:

  • photoshoots
  • voiceovers
  • television adverts
  • films
  • theatre productions (often the children will have been issued with a performance licence for these productions)

Parents can chaperone their children without a licence. Anyone else will need to apply for a chaperone licence.

Licences are current for three years.

The following information is required to support the application:

  • completion of an application form
  • a DBS will need to be applied for (unless you hold an Enhanced DBS for working with children and are on the Annually Renewable Update Service)
  • suitable identification. along with a photograph
  • two referees details (relatives are not suitable referees)

We will arrange a Teams Meeting to verify you and your identification.

You will need to submit a copy of the DBS when received. At that point, we will apply for references. We will then look to issue the Chaperone Licence.

Applicants should allow up to three months for the issue of a chaperone licence.

Child employment

The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13, except children involved in areas like:

  • television
  • theatre
  • modelling

Apply for a child employment work permit

A guide to legislation about employing children can be found on GOV.UK Child employment.