Children need permits to work
in an attempt to prevent exploitation 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.
Often these children may be working in unsuitable or unsafe conditions or may be working longer hours than permitted under the law.
On school days a child may work for up to two hours outside school hours, including one hour before school starts.
Thirteen and 14-year-olds are also permitted to work up to five hours on a Saturday, while 15-year-olds are permitted to work up to eight hours on Saturdays.
During school holidays 13 and 14-year-olds can work up to a 20 hours a week while 15 and 16-year-olds can work up to 30 hours a week.
also a range of jobs and workplaces that young people under 16 are prohibited
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 once checks have been
carried out on the suitability of the work and workplace.
Employers who employ children without permits could be prosecuted and face unlimited fines.
For an information leaflet about young people in the workplace, advice from education welfare officers or to apply for a permit telephone 020 8871 8306.
October 13, 2004