To employ a child aged 13 years old or over you must apply for work permit.

A work permit is required for any child from the age of 13 years old up until the last Friday in June in which the child turns 16 years old.

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Who can use this service

Children under the age of 13 cannot be employed. Children aged 13 and over who are of statutory school age can be employed - a child is of statutory school age until the last Friday in June of the school year (1 September to 31 August) in which they reach the age of 16.

Before applying for a work permit, you should consider whether or not a child is suitable for the job.

Guidance can also be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.

What you need to know...

You must inform us if you have employed a school-aged child within 1 week of the start of employment.

A child who works in a trade or occupation for profit is considered as employed, even if they receive no payment. This includes unpaid & voluntary employment outside school time.

Before issuing an work permit, we may require the child to have a medical examination.

Next Steps

Please send the completed form to:

Child Employment Team
10th Floor
International House
Canterbury Crescent

Once a work permit has been issued you must keep it at the place of employment and produce it for inspection when required by an authorised officer from the council or a police officer.