Child Employment Rights

      Child Employment

      If your child wants to have paid part-time work while still at school, Swansea Child Employment Bylaws ensure that safety regulations are in place to protect young people from harm.

      It is illegal for children under the age of 13 to work. However many young people from the age of 13 benefit from part-time working but a lack of awareness about child employment laws may leave children between the age of 13 and 16 vulnerable to exploitation and injury.

      It is the employer's responsibility to apply for a work permit. Child Employment laws exist to safeguard school age employees and work permits are issued within defined limits which include the type of work, the times of day and amount of hours young people can work.

      If a child is working without a child employment permit there’s a risk that the employer won’t be insured. Without a permit, the employer is breaking these legal requirements that ensure that young people are properly registered and are not undertaking work that could damage their health, place them in physical danger, or have an adverse effect on their education.

      The official date for young people leaving school is the last Friday in June in the school year in which the pupil is 16.  Before this date young people between the ages of 13 and 16 may apply for a work permit for any paid or unpaid part-time work.  

      An application form must be completed and returned to the Child Employment Officer, signed by the parents and the employer. If the type of work is suitable and the hours to be worked are within the stipulated limits, a work permit will be issued.

      For further information please visit:

      www.swansea.gov.uk/childemployment  

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