Child Employment

Covid-19 and child employment

Following the Covid-19 situation most business sectors have been given the 'go-ahead' to trade again and employers may wish to consider employing or re-employing young people.  The Local Authority will need to be satisfied that the employment of young people is not likely to harm their health, safety or welfare and they are able to work in safe conditions.

Risk Assessments

Before any young person can commence or re-commence their employment the Local Authority is asking all employers to submit an new or updated risk assessment for approval by a Local Authority officer, to include specific identification of hazards relating directly to Covid-19 as a result of conducting their business

To assist employers, the Local Authority has provided some risk assessment expectations/guidance which includes generic risks.

Employers should share a copy of the updated risk assessment with the parent/guardians of any child/children they are employing.

Once the updated risk assessment is received the Local Authority will advise the employer in writing if employment can re-commence.

Please note that a young person in Year 11 (they are 16 or will turn 16 by 31 August 2020) will reach statutory school leaving age on 26 June this year and will no longer require a permit from the Local Authority to continue to work.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Local Authority has produced a list of frequently asked questions about child employment to assist both employers and parents/guardians. 

For further information or should you have any additional queries, please use the ‘Contact Us’ tab to send us a message.