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Children and young people in employment

Business owners looking to employ 13-16 year-olds this summer should ensure they know and comply with the law.

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Knowing the law

Employers are obliged to notify the local authority where the employment is to take place and must apply for a work permit to ensure they are covered through their business insurance. Without a permit, an employer is breaking the law and can be prosecuted.

Employers can find out important information about the types of work children are allowed to do, the hours they can work and how to apply for a child work permit.  

Parents can find out important information about what their children can and cannot be asked to do, to ensure they have a positive experience in the workplace. 


Being employed is a great opportunity for young people to gain skills and experience, and be paid. However they also need to be treated fairly, and with safety in mind.”



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