Rules for employers
All employers have to follow national child employment rules, which protect children's rights.
In Brighton & Hove employers also have to follow local employment laws.
Employers need to apply for permission to employ a child if they want to employ a child of school age.
School age lasts until the last Friday in June of the school year in which the child becomes 16 years old.
Work children can do
A child who is between 13 and 16 years old can:
- deliver newspapers and leaflets
- work in a shop, including stacking shelves
- work in an office
- do hairdressing
- work in a café or restaurant, but not in the kitchen
- work in hotels and other places offering accommodation
- do light agricultural or gardening work (but cannot use machinery)
- wash cars
Work children cannot do
A child who is 13, up to school leaving age cannot:
- work in a cinema, theatre, or nightclub
- work in construction or with anything involving dangerous, and heavy machinery
- sell or deliver alcohol
- deliver milk
- deliver fuel oils
- work in a commercial kitchen
- collect or sort refuse
- work 3 metres above ground
- be exposed to harmful physical, biological, or chemical agents
- collect money or canvas door to door
- exposed to adult material
- do telephone sales
- work in a slaughterhouse/butcher’s shop
- assist at a fairground, amusement park or arcade
- work in bingo halls or any other place for licenced games
- work in residential care
- work at a racetrack
When children can work
Children need to be at least 13 years old to work part-time, unless they work in TV, film, theatre or modelling.
Children can't work for more than 4 hours without a break.
Maximum hours children can work are listed below.
|Age 13 to 14||Age 15 to 16|
|School days||2 hours||2 hours|
|Saturdays||5 hours||8 hours|
|Sundays||2 hours||2 hours|
|Term time||12 hours per week||12 hours per week|
|School holidays||5 hours per day
25 hours per week
|8 hours per day
35 hours per week
Get more information about child employment and working hours for children from GOV.UK.
For more information or to apply for a child employment licence, please contact the CIEE Officer.