A chaperone may be hired in a personal capacity, or through an agency.
The work of a chaperone is to ensure that children and young adults are provided with care and assistance, while they are at an event, or away from home.
The main idea behind hiring a chaperone is to make sure that children or young adults are kept safe from harm, and are looked after until their parents or guardians take over.
Working as a chaperone does not need any formal education, but you do need to possess a high school diploma or a GED.
If you have a degree to your name, that is even better.
Some attributes that will be required when working as a chaperone include patience, a pleasant nature, and the ability to get along with children and young adults while maintaining supervisory authority.
You may be asked to accompany children and young adults to different places, which is why proper social etiquette is an absolute must to possess.
Working as a chaperone is not easy – there is a lot of responsibility on one’s shoulder, therefore, they have to possess a presence of mind at all times.
Moreover, they need to keep a balance between friendliness and firmness, which is often difficult to maintain.
Chaperone Duties & Responsibilities
• Engage wards (young adults and children) in conversation to determine their personalities, and likes and dislikes.
• Confer with parents, guardians, and teachers to determine specifics of chaperoning at particular events.
• Oversee children and young adults during traveling to events such as picnics, proms, movies, and theater.
• Provide wards with information on how to keep safe during traveling, and during the time that they will be at the event.
• Monitor wards at events, ensuring that they do not engage in any negative activities.
• Ascertain that assigned children are kept away from harm such as electric wires, fires, and cliff edges.
• Conduct briefing with assigned children to make them aware of rules and regulations.
• Handle any emergencies such as accidents and injuries by performing First Aid and CPR.
• Provide parents and guardians with feedback on behavior issues, and types of activities that their children were part of.
• Gather children at the end of each event, do a head count, and ensure that they are safely transported to their parents or guardians.