Child Employment and the Law

The following information has been taken from the Cumbria County Council website which will contain the latest details.


If you are still of compulsory school age you are entitled to have a part-time job, but there are some regulations about the sort of work you can do. These regulations are to protect your wellbeing and to help ensure that having a job does not affect your education. This part of the website sets out the main facts you need to know before you start work. 

You are of compulsory school age until the last Friday in June in the school year that you are 16. You don't stop being of compulsory school age as soon as you are 16 or when you receive a National Insurance Number.

You may only start part-time work when you are 13 years old.

At 13 you may only do jobs from the following list of light work:

  • Agricultural or horticultural work
  • Delivering newspapers
  • Work in a shop
  • Work in a hairdressers
  • Office work 
  • Work in a café or restaurant
  • Work in riding stables
  • Undertake domestic work in hotels or other establishments offering accommodation.              

From the age of 14 you may do work from the above list and other light work provided the jobs are not on the list of prohibited employment shown below.

At all ages you should have a one hour break if you work for more than four hours in one day. Your employer should also ensure that you have a two week break during school holidays each year.

Child Employment & the Law - 13 & 14 Year Olds

School Days
Not more than 2 hours a day
Between 7am and the start of the school day (maximum of 1 hour) or between the end of the school day and 7pm
Saturday
Not more than 5 hours
Between 7am and 7pm
Sunday
Note more than 2 hours
Between 7am and 7pm
School Holidays
(including weekends)
Up to a maximum of 25 hours per week. Not more than 5 hours a day between 7am and 7pm Monday - Saturday. Sunday - 2 hours between 7am and 7pm
Term Time
(including weekends)
Up to a maximum of 12 hours per week.

Child Employment & the Law - 15 & 16 Year Olds

School Days
Not more than 2 hours a day
Between 7am and the start of the school day (maximum of 1 hour) or between the end of the school day and 7pm
Saturday
Not more than 8 hours
Between 7am and 7pm
Sunday
Not more than 2 hours
Between 7am and 7pm
School Holidays
(including weekends)
Up to a maximum of 35 hours per week. Not more than 8 hours a day between 7am and 7pm Monday - Saturday. Sunday - 2 hours between 7am and 7pm
Term Time
(including weekends)
Up to a maximum of 12 hours per week

List of prohibited employment

While you are still of compusory school age you can't:

  • Work in a cinema, theatre, dance hall, disco or night club
  • Sell or deliver alcohol
  • Deliver fuel oils
  • Work in a commercial kitchen
  • Collect or sort refuse
  • Do any job which involves you being more than 3m off the ground
  • Do a job which may bring you into contact with harmful chemicals
  • Collect money or sell or canvass door to door
  • Be exposed to adult material which is considered unsuitable for children
  • Work in telephone sales
  • Work in a slaughterhouse, abattoir or butcher's shop
  • Work in a fairground or amusement arcade
  • Work in "personal care" in a residential or nursing home

Amd remember...

  • You are considered to be employed whether you are being paid or not. However if you are doing work experience organised by your school you do not need a work permit.
  • Your employer has a responsibility to take care of your health, safety and welfare when you are at work.

You and your parents can ensure your safety by:

  1. Checking that you are properly trained and know what you are doing - if you aren't sure then don't be afraid to ask.
  2. If anyone at work makes you feel uncomfortable by what they say or do, please tell your employer or parents.

The application for for Child Employment can be found on the Cumbria County Council website along with further contact details.

 

Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria, CA17 4HA

T: (+44) 17683 71693

Headteacher
Mr Gary Hartley
MA

 

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