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Children and young people over the age of 13 are allowed to work part time; after school, at weekends or during school holidays.  A child is employed when they help in a profit-making trade or business, whether or not they are paid for the work. This includes children working for their family’s business. They must be registered with us to work and will be issued with a work permit.

Our Child Employment Officer works with employers, parents, school and other agencies to ensure that young people who are at work are doing so safely and legally and without detriment to their education.

There are restrictions depending on age including the number of hours they can work and the type of employment they can do. 

Employers must apply for a work permit.  Any employer who allows a child of school age to work, without obtaining a work permit, is breaking the law and could be prosecuted.

Please refer to our Child Employment The Essential Guide, available to download below.

Employment Legislation

You can find out more about relevant legislation on the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) website. Please note that this is an external website and we are not responsible for their content or the accuracy of information provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

Reporting concerns about a child or young person working illegally

The form below is for use by the public to report suspected illegal employment of children within Dudley. 

Contact us for further information

For more information contact the Child Employment Officer on 01384 814314 or email child.employment@dudley.gov.uk