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A child is anyone who is not over compulsory school age. He or she has not yet reached the official age at which they may leave school, also referred to as the minimum school leaving age (MSLA). (NB the oldest pupils of compulsory school age, those born in September for example, may be as old as 16 years and 10 months in year 11 before they leave school on the last Friday in June.)
A young person is employed if they assist in any trade or occupation carried out for profit. It does not matter whether the young person is paid or not for the work done, or if the young person is assisting their own parents in their business, working for a relative, or working for a major company.
No young person under the age of 13 can be employed. A young person aged 14 or over can only be employed in permitted light work. A young person aged 13 years can only be employed in permitted light work specified in the local byelaws.
Yes. Basically, these prohibited employments are those involving heavy physical work, those using dangerous or complex machinery and those involving a possible moral risk to the young person.
This is not a complete list. If you are in any doubt about your employment please seek our advice. If as an employer you have any doubt about the kind of employment you are offering a young person please seek our advice.
Employers must send written notification to your local Child Employment and Entertainment Officer within a week of employing a young person. The form must be completed by both the employer and the parents of the child.
If there are no problems with the proposed employment the young person will be issued with a certificate. A copy will also be sent to you as the employer and the young person's school will be notified.
Further queries relating to Child Employment must be directed to the Child Employment and Entertainment Officer at Lancashire County Council, detail are listed at the side of the page.
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