Safeguarding children in Wolverhampton is everyone's business!

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to regulate, supervise and enforce legislation with respect to all aspects of the employment of children of compulsory school age within the City.

A child assisting in any trade or occupation carried out for profit or gain is deemed to be employed even if he/she receives no reward for his/her labour. This includes working for a parent's business.

No child under the age of 13 shall be employed.

A child having attained the age of 13 up until ceasing to be of compulsory school age may be employed providing such employment is within the law and that such employment will not be prejudicial to the health and well-being of the child or cause of the child's education to suffer.

The law does not end as soon as the child is 16 but applies until the last Friday in June of the school year in which he/she attains the age of 16.

Prohibited Employments

No child is permitted to be employed in any of the following occupations:

  • In any factory or other industrial undertaking.
  • In betting shops or amusement arcades.
  • As an assistant or attendant in a kitchen, fried fish shop or any establishment of a similar kind.
  • On licensed premises, in clubs or public houses.
  • In the handling or petrol or dangerous substances.
  • In any theatre, cinema, bingo hall or disco.
  • Door-to-door selling, canvassing or street trading.
  • In the selling of raffle tickets.

See the table of Permitted Hours of Employment / Specific Hours of Work Allowed

  13 & 14 years 15 & 16 years
TERM TIME:

Maximum 12 hours in any 7 day week

Maximum 2 hours on ANY school day (1 hour after 7 a.m. and beginning of school day plus 1 hour after the end of the school day and before 7 p.m.

OR 2 hours after the end of the school day and before 7 p.m.

Saturday maximum 5 hours (1 hour break after 4 hours continuous work)

Sunday maximum 2 hours

Maximum 12 hours in any 7 day week  

Maximum 2 hours on ANY school day (1 hour after 7 a.m. and beginning of school day plus 1 hour after the end of the school day and before 7 p.m.

OR 2 hours after the end of the school day and before 7 p.m.  

Saturday maximum 8 hours (1 hour break after 4 hours continuous work)

Sunday maximum 2 hours

HOLIDAYS:  Maximum 25 hours per 7 day week (5 hours in any one day) (Sunday 2 hours only) Maximum 35 hours per 7 day week (8 hours in any one day) (Sunday 2 hours only)

No child shall be employed before 7.00 a.m. or after 7.00 p.m. on any day.

 Advice For Parents

Click here for employment of child notification form

Parents should be sure that if their child is employed such employment is strictly within the law.

Sadly there is always risk of a child suffering injury arising from part time work. While most employers of children are reputable employers who carry insurance cover there is always the possibility of a child suffering injury in circumstances where the employment is outside of the law which causes great difficulty insofar as compensation is concerned.

Parents wishing to ensure their child is correctly registered for employment and working within the law should contact The Child Employment Section on 01902 555233.

Any money paid to a child is not governed by law and is a matter between the employer, the child and his/her parents.

Children In Entertainment

Many children enjoy performing, whether in plays, films, modelling or on television. However, laws exist which are designed to protect children's welfare and prevent them from being exploited.

There are special licensing requirements for children who perform and in many cases children should not take part in performances except under the authority of a licence granted by the local authority in whose area the child resides.

Click here for performance application form

Click here for restrictions in relation to all performances information

Click here for exemption declaration form

Chaperone

The law states that when performing, children should be supervised by their own parent or a registered chaperone.

Click here for chaperone application form

Click here for chaperone handbook

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