There are laws and regulations to protect children that are thinking of or working part-time.
The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13, except children involved in areas like:
Children working in these areas will need a performance licence.
A work permit must applied for within seven days of the child/young person starting work.
Without applying for a permit, the employer is breaking the law and can be prosecuted. There’s also a risk that the employer won’t be insured against accidents involving the child.
When allowing a child to work please ensure the work undertaken is in line with child employment law with regards to permitted types of work, permitted hours and appropriate risk assessments have been undertaken.
An application form must be completed by the employer, signed by the parent or guardian of the child and emailed to email@example.com. When authorised, a work permit will be issued to the child and notification will be sent to the employer.
Children and young people can only work in a limited number of jobs and for a limited number of hours, until they reach the minimum school leaving date. This is the last Friday in June of the year they turn 16.
Any child over the age of 13 years may work in their spare time, as long as they have an employment permit and follow the constraints listed below.
Please note, a child is permitted to work in a permitted place of employment within permitted hours as long as a child employment work permit application has been submitted within seven days of starting work.
May only be employed in light work in specified occupations, some of which are listed below. For a complete list, refer to employment bylaws.
Young people cannot work:
All young people must have a one hour break after four hours and must have two consecutive weeks holiday from any employment during school holiday time.
On school days, children may work for up to two hours, outside of school hours. However, they can only be employed for up to one hour before school on any day they are expected to attend.
A child may work for up to two hours on a Sunday between the hours 7am and 7pm.
No child of statutory school age may be employed, for reward or no reward:
For more information, a copy of the employment bylaws for Salford or an application form, please contact the child employment team on 0161 603 4350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This page was last updated on 26 July 2022