need permits to work
council is stepping up its efforts to prevent children and
young people being exploited by unscrupulous employers. Almost
a quarter of all school pupils have at least one part-time
job during term time, but many are working illegally and some
are employed in dangerous or prohibited work.
these children may be working in unsuitable or unsafe conditions
or may be working longer hours than permitted under the law.
It is illegal to employ any child:
· During school hours on any school day
· Before 7am or after 7pm
· For more than five hours on a Saturday
· For more than two hours on a Sunday
school days a child may work for up to two hours outside school
hours, including one hour before school starts. Fifteen year-olds
are permitted to work up to eight hours on Saturdays.
However, no young person under the age of 16 is allowed to
work at any type of employment without first obtaining a work
permit from the council's educational welfare service. These
permits are issued free of charge.
licensing the employment of young people, council staff are
able to ensure they are not being exploited or are being expected
to work in hazardous or dangerous conditions. They can also
ensure that the employment does not interfere with their schooling.
who employ children without permits could be prosecuted and
face unlimited fines.
more information and to obtain a permit telephone 020 8871
8306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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