Child employment

Child employment information and guidance for employers

What are the employer's responsibilities?

  • The employer has a legal obligation to register all young people to be employed with the local authority.
  • The employer has a legal responsibility to carry out a risk assessment on the type of employment for each young person employed. The parent/guardian should be informed of the findings of the risk assessment.
  • The employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that appropriate insurance cover is taken out.
Please note: If a young person is working without a work permit issued by the local authority then an employer's insurance may be void.

If you wish to employ young people you must register with the local authority.

To register your business/organisation please contact the Attendance & Prosecution Service on 0121 569 8147.

What happens next?

An Attendance Officer will make a visit to your premises to carry out an employer check. This is to ensure that the type of work is appropriate and within child employment regulations. You will also be informed of your duties as an employer - e.g. legal working hours, risk assessments

If you have any questions or require advice in the employment of young people, please contact us on 0121 569 8147 for further information.

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