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Children Who Work

To ensure that school-aged children who work are doing so safely, this year’s annual ‘Child Employment Fortnight’ takes place from 28th March – 8th April. The initiative outlines the importance of completing work permit applications and risk assessments to safeguard both young workers and their employers.

 

The law allows a young person to be employed from 13. A paper round is the most popular job for 43% of children, followed by working in a shop at 18%.

 

Research carried out by National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) discovered that most employers were unaware of the legislation regarding the employment of school-aged children and the legal requirement for a work permit. The number of children and young people injured per year in the work place goes largely unreported, especially if the individual is employed illegally.

 

Cllr David Sawyer, portfolio holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “We want to educate employers on the importance of this legislation and avoid risking the safety of young people. Making sure that young people are properly trained and supervised whilst at work can serve to prevent serious accidents. While young people can benefit from part-time working we must not allow them to be vulnerable to exploitation. I fully support this initiative in raising much needed awareness.”

 

To find out more about ‘Child Employment Fortnight’ and further information on Child Employment Law,  search our website under ‘child employment’.

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