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Peterborough City Council is reminding employers they must apply for work permits if they employ children aged between 13 and 16 as part of Child Employment Fortnight which takes place from Monday 24 May 2010 to Friday 4 June 2010.

The law states that children cannot work full time if they are of compulsory school age. Children aged 13 and over can undertake part-time work but their employer must obtain a work permit for them. They must also be registered with the city council.

Suzanne Stone, Peterborough City Council’s child employment and chaperon officer, said: “Potential employers of young people aged 16 and under need to be aware that there is a legal requirement for young people to have work permits to ensure they are working within the local employment byelaws.

“These byelaws stipulate the nature of the work and the hours permitted. Employers who disregard the requirements may face prosecution and invalidate their employer liability insurance.

“Just because children are issued with a National Insurance number does not mean that they can leave school and work full-time.”

Children are of compulsory school age until the last Friday in June of the school year in which they reach their 16th birthday. It is up to employers to obtain work permits and they are responsible for the health, safety and welfare of children they employ.

Suzanne added: “Any children working in Peterborough who is not registered for employment with Peterborough City Council may not be covered by insurance.

“We will prosecute employers if they do not register their school age employees, employ school age children in a prohibited occupation or allow school age children to work outside the hours allowed by the byelaws.”

School age children:

  • Cannot work before 7am or after 7pm.

  • Can only work two hours on Sundays.

  • Children can be stopped from working even if they have a permit, if their school work, attendance or health suffers or if they are continually late for school.

Work permit application forms and information leaflets on the laws surrounding child employment, including hours and the types of work that are prohibited are available from Suzanne Stone, child employment and chaperone officer on (01733) 863667.

Child Employment Fortnight is run by the National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment.

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