Child Employment

Young people who have part time jobs often find it is a positive and rewarding experience. Many young people have part time jobs and Doncaster Council wants to make sure the jobs they do are safe and don't impact on their health, education or well-being.

Information about child employment

A young person is employed if they assist in any trade or occupation for profit , whether or not they receive pay or reward.  This also applies if the parent is the employer. The council provides information to parents, young people and employers about child employment. Employers must ensure that young people are registered with the local authority where they are employed and have a permit. Parents, carers and young people can report any concerns to us and find out more information.

A risk assessment regarding the work to be undertaken by the young person must be carried out prior to them starting work. A copy should be provided to the parents about the risk and control measures introduced. You should also be aware that you should ensure that the appropriate employers liability insurance cover is in place.

Child Employment law covers the number of hours in which they can work and the minimum age a young person can be employed.

A young person may not work before 7.00am or after 7.00pm and may not work more than 12 hours per week during term time. A 13 or 14 year old can work a maximum of 5 hours on a Saturday and 2 hours on a Sunday.  A 15 and 16 year old can work a maximum of 8 hours on a Saturday and 2 hours on a Sunday. During school holidays a 13 and 14 year old may work up to 25 hours per week and a 15 and 16 year old up to 35 hours per week. All school age children must have a 1 hour break if they have worked continuously for 4 hours and must have at least 2 consecutive weeks off from employment that must be taken during school holidays.

In order to ensure Health and Safety of young people, Doncaster Council's Byelaws provides information as to the types of employment that a young person is prohibited from undertaking. 

Any job that can cause harm or injury is not allowed.  These include selling cigarettes or medicines, be involved in gambling, selling/canvassing door to door, using dangerous machinery, working in a butchers, delivering milk, working in telephone sales, working in a slaughterhouse, working in a warehouse or factory, working in a theatre, cinema or nightclub, working in an amusement arcade or fairground, working in a commercial kitchen, collecting money or working 3 metres or more above ground level. 

These lists are not exhaustive and for further clarification on whether a young person can be employed in a particular type of work, please contact Attendance and Pupil Welfare Service.

Child Employment Permit

Employers must ensure that young people are registered with the Local Authority where they are employed and have a permit.

They are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of children they employ and must make sure they have proper clothes and shoes for the job they are doing. They must also carry out an individual risk assessment.

Apply for a Child Employment Permit

A child employment application online form must be completed for every school age child they have working for them. This includes if the young person is doing it on a voluntary basis or not. The form also needs to be completed by the child’s parent or carer.

The local authority can prosecute employers if they do not register school age employees, employ school age people in a prohibited occupation and allow such young people to work outside the hours allowed by the law.

Please complete and submit the following online form 2 weeks prior to commencing work. No child should work without being issued with a Child Employment Permit.

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Last updated: 03 March 2022 10:51:58