Reminder issued ahead of Child Employment Week
Dudley Council is reminding businesses that employ school-age teenagers that work permits are needed to comply with employment laws.
The permits are free of charge from the local authority and will legally allow children between 13 and 16 to undertake part-time work.
The council will be focusing on raising awareness virtually during Child Employment Week, which runs from Monday April 19 to Friday April 23.
By law no child under the age of 13 is allowed to be employed. Young people aged between 13 and 16 require a work permit to work on a part–time basis and/or during the school holidays. Additionally, the legislation contains limits on working hours and provides restrictions on the types of employment children can undertake.
Employing a young person without a permit is a criminal offence and employers may be subject to legal action. In addition, the young person will not be covered by the employer’s liability insurance.
Schools and other professionals have a duty to refer any reports or concerns that a child or young person may be working illegally or without a permit. The council will also make direct contact with them during Child Employment Week so they are aware who to refer any concerns to, or who to contact for general guidance.
Catherine Driscoll, director for children’s services, said:
The welfare of children is paramount, and as a local authority we have a statutory responsibility to safeguard young people.
If children are taking part in work opportunities, we need to ensure that their needs are being met by employers and that children who do work are doing so safely.
Activity sheets and posters are available on request which can be used to display in schools.
Anyone wishing to refer concerns about a child working unlawfully or a child performing without a licence, or just requiring advice and guidance, can contact the council’s child employment officer by emailing Child.Employment@dudley.gov.uk or calling (01384) 814317.
Further information can be found at www.dudley.gov.uk