YOUNG PEOPLE AND EMPLOYMENT
Children are allowed to work part-time from the age of thirteen. However, their employment is only legal if the employer registers them as working with the Local Authority who will issue a work permit.
The employment of children of compulsory school age is therefore regulated by law to protect the children from being employed late at night, for too many hours, or at work that puts the safety, health, education or well being of the child at risk. The work permit also ensures that the child is covered by the employer's public liability insurance.
It is illegal for any child of compulsory school age to work without a permit and it is the employer's responsibility to apply for one. However, many do not and for the children employed it means they are extremely vulnerable, because many are exploited and work long hours at jobs they are not permitted to do. It also means that employers will probably find that if they had to make an injury claim against their insurance they will have none, as the employment is illegal in the first place.
Click here for link to Devon County Council's 'Arrangements for the Employment of Children (Work Permit)' web page.