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Child Employment Fortnight

CHILDREN’S WORK RIGHTS – make it your business…

The law allows a young person to be employed from age 13. This year’s annual ‘Child Employment Fortnight’ takes place from 26th March – 6th April, and will serve to highlight the importance of the rights of children who work.

 

When a child of compulsory school age is employed to work after school, at weekends or during school holidays, the law states that they must be registered for work with their local authority, who will issue a work permit. Similarly, if they are involved in entertainment, which covers T.V. film, theatre, modelling and paid sport, they may require a performance licence and a licensed chaperone.

 

Research  carried out by National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) discovered that most employers were unaware of the legislation regarding child 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 Sue Oliver, portfolio holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said: “I fully support this initiative in raising much needed awareness. It’s important that children gaining their first experience of earning money are accounted for in order to keep them safe. While some people can benefit from part-time working we must not allow them to be vulnerable to exploitation.”

 

To find out more about ‘Child Employment Fortnight’ and further information on Child Employment Law, visit our website http://www.bedford.gov.uk/ and search for ‘child employment’. Alternatively, contact Debi Momi at Bedford Borough Council on 01234 228178.

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