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Dudley believes that children of compulsory school age can benefit greatly from part-time work provided that the type of employment is suitable and properly regulated.

Please download and complete the appropriate Word or PDF version of the application form. Once complete, submit your application form and other relevant documentation using the online form.

Child Employment Video

Employers - Code of Practice

Employers can now register employees via our online registration system, however this is only available for employers who have ALREADY signed up to the Code of Practice and received their registration number. 

Employment Legislation

Further information

You can find out more about relevant legislation on the National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment. Please note that this is an external site and Dudley MBC are not responsible for its content or the accuracy of information provided on it.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find guidance on child employment in our Frequently Asked Questions.

What hours can my child work?

  • No child under the age of 13 can work
  • Children are not allowed to work before 7am or after 7pm whether they are paid or unpaid.
  • Children of compulsory school age are not allowed to work during school time unless it is work experience arranged by the school.

Age 13 & 14:

  • School days - not more than 2 hours outside of school hours
  • Saturdays - 5 hours
  • Sundays - 2 hours
  • School holidays - 5 hours a day to a maximum of 25 hours a week

Age 15 & 16:

  • School days - not more than 2 hours outside of school hours
  • Saturdays - 8 hours
  • Sundays - 2 hours
  • School holidays - 8 hours a day to a maximum of 35 hours a week

Employers must provide suitable and set times for rest.
Children are not allowed to work for more than 4 hours without a 1 hour break.
There must be at least 2 weeks, taken together, when the child must not work.
Children can only work twelve hours maximum in any school week.