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  • Can a child be employed without a work permit? NO!Employing a child of compulsory school-age without a work permit is illegal Any employer found to be doing so may be liable to prosecution by the Local Authority

  • Children may only work if they:are over 13 years of agehave a work permit issued by the Local Authorityhave suitable clothes and shoes if working outdoorsIn addition they can only be employed in light work which:is not likely to be harmful to the safety, health or development of the child anddoes not affect his/her attendance at school

  • Children over 13 years of age may only do light work in the following occupations:

  • Newspaper delivery

    Caf/Restaurant/Pub - washing up and waiting on tables - but not in the kitchen

    Shop Work

    Office work


  • Cleaning - including domestic work in hotels

    In riding stables

    Car washing by hand in a residential setting

    Agricultural or horticultural work

    Sports Centres

  • Work children cant do!Amusement arcadesFairgroundsTelephone salesPetrol stations/GaragesTransport industryCollecting money or selling door to door

  • Work children cant do!Serving alcoholic drinks in a Pub/Bar CinemaCommercial kitchenRefuse workMilk deliveryFactory workButchers shop

  • The following shows the permitted hours children can work during school term time:

  • School Term Time:A maximum of 12 hours a week in term time

  • The following shows the permitted hours children can work during school holidays:

  • School Holidays:

  • The Local Authority has the right to withdraw a work permit if the childs part-time work appears:to be stopping him/her from getting the maximum benefit from schoolto be affecting his/her attendance at schoolto be affecting his/her healthto vary from the job description or hours on the work permit

  • Did you know?

    A new work permit is required for each new employmentA work permit is required for voluntary/unpaid work i.e. charity shops A work permit is not required for self-employed working i.e babysitting/dog walking A work permit is only required up to the last Friday in June in the academic year in which the child turns 16Continued.

  • Did you know? continuedA work permit is required even if the child is working for a family businessWork permits are not required for Work Experience If a child is working without a work permit they are not covered by the Employers Public Liability Insurance

  • Work permit application forms can be obtained from:Child Employment Office (Education), March Business Centre, Dartford Road, March, PE15 8ANSchool OfficeConnexions OfficeCambridgeshire County Council website

    I am a Business Support Officer and I am here today to talk to you about child employment. 1 Who knows what a work permit is?2 Put you hands up if you have a part-time job, either at weekends, before or after school or during the holidays now ask yourself if you have a work permit. I am now going to show you a short presentation about child employment