This guidance document explains the law on child employment for local authorities, employers, parents and other stakeholders. It include some best practice advice to help those implementing it to deal with the sorts of practical questions they regularly face. This will enable employers to operate as prudently as possible within the legal framework to their benefit and to the benefit of the young people themselves.
The guidance covers the special rules which apply to the employment of children under the school leaving age. It does not cover general employment law.
It is not, and cannot be, an authoritative legal interpretation of the provisions of the relevant acts of Parliament, byelaws and regulations, which is a matter for the courts, nor is it intended as a substitute for specific legal advice on particular issues.
- rules on the employment of children – general
- age limits and hours
- what kind of work can a child do
- what kind of work is prohibited or restricted
- additional health and safety requirements
- work experience
- implications for local authorities
- implications for employers
- implications for schools
- implications for parents and children
- safeguarding children