Whilst on location for a performance, children must be in the care of either their parent or a registered chaperone (matron).

If you live in Lambeth and want to become a chaperone you must complete a chaperone application form.

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Who can use this service

Chaperones are adults aged 18 and above, who have been trained and licensed by the authority in which they live.

Only Lambeth residents can apply to become chaperones through us. If you live in another borough and wish to become a chaperone, you'll need to apply through that council.

Costs for this service

£20 if the licence is for voluntary chaperone work
£62 if the licence is for paid chaperone work

What you need to know...

To apply to become a chaperone, please download the documents above.

You should read the chaperone job description then fill in the conditions of a chaperone licence document and chaperone application form.

This is the first step, an application form will be sent to the applicant. Once completed please send to the Child Employment Team with a signed copy of the Conditions of Licence document together with 2 passport sized photos. Once your form has been received we will contact you within 4 to 6 weeks. Prospective chaperones will be invited to attend an interview and short test.

Chaperone interview

Lambeth Child Employment Team will write to applicants to arrange a date for an interview. The interview panel will comprise of Child Employment Officers, a Safeguarding Officer or a senior member of staff. Your written application should give evidence or examples of your proven experience in each of the criteria marked in the job description. Evidence of other areas will be sought at interview. This stage is not a pass or fail in its entirety; however this will count towards the final result. You will be required to bring 2 proofs of identification, one of which should be picture ID.

Receipt of clear Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) disclosure

If you are successful at the interview stage we will contact you with details of how to submit your DBS application form. You will need to arrange this with our Human Resources Team (HR) and submit all required documents as specified on the DBS form. Once you receive your disclosure you must submit a copy to Lambeth Child Employment Team within 5 working days.

Lambeth Child Employment Team must receive two satisfactory references. One should preferably be from a current employer

If successful at the interview stage we will write to the referees specified on your application form. Once we have received the references we will progress to the next step.

Lambeth Child Employment Team will use all of the above to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for chaperone.

Complete the chaperone and safeguarding training

This has been introduced by Lambeth Child Employment Team to ensure that all Lambeth Chaperones are fully equipped to carry out their role. This training will ensure that you have a full understanding of child employment regulations as well as your safeguarding responsibilities. Upon completion of the training, chaperones will receive a certificate and a licence to chaperone.

Once you are licenced

Lambeth Child Employment Team will not issue licences until we have determined that the candidate is suitable, we receive a clear Enhanced DBS disclosure, and our training is completed. If we issue a licence the expiry date will not exceed the expiry date of the DBS disclosure.

Once licenced you will be able to act as chaperone however Lambeth Child Employment Team reserves the right to revoke licences, place conditions under which a licence is valid or contact you in regards to additional training if we deem it necessary.

Renewing a Chaperone Licence

If you wish to renew an existing licence you will need to apply 6 months prior to the expiry date. The application process will start again and you may be required to attend further training.

If you move to another borough the licence will become void. You will need to contact your new local authority to obtain a new licence.

If any of your details change you must contact Lambeth Child Employment Team immediately.

Next Steps

Once you have completed the form, please send it to:

Child Employment Team
10th Fl International House
Canterbury Crescent
London
SW9 7QE

Once your form has been received we will contact you within 4 to 6 weeks. Prospective chaperones will be invited to attend an interview and short test. If successful at this stage, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form must be completed. Once we have received a satisfactory DBS you will then be invited to attend training before being licensed.