Isle of Wight Council

Child Employment

A Guide to Child Employment

The hours of work and conditions of child employment are described by the Children and Young Persons Acts 1933, the Children (Protection at Work) Regulations 1998 and Isle of Wight Council Byelaws on the Employment of Children 1998.

These laws are in place to protect the health, safety, well-being and education of children.  It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that children of compulsory school age have a permit, and are working within the regulations.

Anyone breaking the laws and byelaws covering child employment face a fine of up to £1000. It is also important to note that if a child is working without a child employment permit, there is a risk that the employer will not be insured against accidents involving the child.

We carry out visits to local employers to make sure that young people in part-time jobs are safe and working legally.


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