Work experience is a part of the education curriculum and is governed by education legislature which is very different from child employment legislation, both in the work a child is allowed to do and the hours they are permitted to work.
All children must be always under the care and supervision of a responsible adult. This can be their parent or a registered Chaperone. Please see further information about this in the Chaperone Licencing section of this webpage.
Norfolk County Council (The Local Authority) will only grant a performance licence if we are satisfied that:
The child is fit to undertake the performance
Proper provision has been made to the secure the health and kind treatment of the child
That the child’s education will not suffer
Robust safeguarding and supervision arrangements are in place
If Norfolk County Council decides to grant a licence, we may impose conditions that will be specified on the licence.
Child performance and activities licensing legislation in Englandstates “a local authority may refuse to consider an application if the performance or activity is less than 21 days away. Responsible persons should consider the risks to children and the arrangements needed to mitigate them at the start of planning for any performance or activity. Safeguarding children must not be an afterthought.”
Please read our Norfolk County Council – Performance licencing overview section of this webpage and use the appropriate form below to make your application:
Incomplete applications or applications without supporting documentation attached will be rejected. We cannot hold copies of supporting information sent with an incomplete application.
Please read the Making an application and supporting documentation section of the application. Ensure you can meet the requirements prior to submitting your application.
We require all chaperone applicants to complete NSPCC training ‘Protecting children in entertainment training for chaperones’. Chaperones must complete the training within 12 months prior to this application. You or your employer will need to purchase this training from NSPCC. The personalised certificate of achievement issued to you, is part of the supporting documentation required with your application. This course helps applicants to understand the responsibilities of Chaperoning prior to applying for a chaperone licence. We do not accept alternative safeguarding certificates as we cannot ensure the quality and relevance to this role.
If your application is accepted, we will arrange an online document verification interview. If you pass this check, during the interview we will ask for payment for our licence administration charge of £15. Please note that if subsequent safeguarding checks result in refusal of your application, refunds will not be made.
Chaperones must arrange for two responsible adults to each provide a reference detailing their suitability to be a chaperone. We encourage applicants to signpost referees to the information on this webpage for them to understand what the chaperone role involves before they comment on the suitability of the applicant. Please also ensure they read the Referee form in full before completing it.
Referees need to complete Appendix 1 – Referee form and return direct firstname.lastname@example.org five days of the chaperone application submission, failure to do this may result in the rejection of the application.
We do not share details of your reference with the applicant. This so that you can feel secure and give an open and honest account of the applicant’s suitability for the chaperone role.
This pack includes information, guidance and useful links to relevant information and is a support pack for Norfolk County Council Licensed Chaperones. This may also help others to better understand the role.