Having a part-time job while still at school is a great way to increase a young person’s confidence, skills and independence by earning their own wage.
What employers, youngsters and their parents don’t always realise is that by law the young person needs a work permit.
As a union official I place the utmost importance on safeguarding children’s and employers rights. It is our responsibility to ensure that children are working in a safe environment and that we can protect their health, welfare and education.
April is Child Employment Month and Children’s Services staff are working in partnership with the NNCEE (National Network for Child Employment and Entertainment) to remind employers of their legal responsibilities.
The work permit includes the permitted hours and types of employment and describes the rights of the employee and the responsibilities of the employer. Most crucially children working without a permit may not be covered by any form of insurance if they have accident while at work, regardless of any policies that the employer has.
The law says that children under 13 can’t be employed and that they can only officially work as an adult after the last Friday in June, at the end of Year 11.
We’ve issued 160 work permits over the past 12 months. I hope we can raise more awareness of this important issue and make sure our young people and their employers are working safely together.
For further details relating to Child Employment visit www.tameside.gov.uk/childemployment