Children who perform, which can include TV or filming, theatre, sporting activities or modelling, must be supervised at all times when they are not actually on stage.

We have a duty to oversee any matters relating to children who perform and this includes ensuring that suitable matrons or chaperones are employed to look after the welfare of children. Any person who holds a Performance and Stage Licence or Approved Body Licence is responsible for ensuring that a child is supervised at all times and under the charge of a chaperone approved by us (except when in the charge of a parent/guardian or tutor).

Anyone wishing to be a Chaperone must have an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service Opens in a new window check and be licensed by the local authority where they live. If you live in Torbay you must apply to us.

Parents do not need a chaperone's licence if it is their own children only that they are supervising. They may not act as chaperone to any other child without a licence.

Each chaperone may supervise a maximum of 12 children. Often it will not be appropriate for them to supervise as many as this e.g. depending on the age of the children.


Your completed application form should be returned to the Children’s Services Helpdesk, Ground Floor, Electric House, Torquay TQ1 3DR along with the following original supporting documents:

  • Current DBS certificate (with Torbay Council shown as the employer)
  • Current passport or driving licence
  • One passport sized photograph
  • Current utility bill (within the last 3 months) showing your name and address
  • Birth or marriage certificate.

Please also take along a copy of each of the above documents (except for the photograph). The Helpdesk Advisor will then check these against the original documents and verify on the copies that the originals have also been seen. You will then retain your originals (except for the photograph) and then your application form, copy documents and photograph will be forwarded on to us.

When your current Chaperone Licence is due to expire which will be three years after the issue date of your DBS Certificate you can renew both should you wish to continue as a Torbay Chaperone. Please contact us on the telephone number should you have any queries.

Once we have received all the paperwork we require, we will issue your new licence.

  Download a chaperone's licence application

  Download a chaperone's licence renewal

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is now called the Disclosure and Barring Service  Opens in a new window  (DBS). A DBS check searches your details against criminal records and other sources, including the Police National Computer. The check may reveal convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.

You need to have a current DBS Certificate showing the employer as Torbay Council and Child and Adult Workforce Chaperone as the position applied for. 

You can apply for an enhanced DBS by contacting  Anagram People  Opens in a new window .