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What work is permitted for Children?

Prohibited Employment

No child not yet over compulsory school age as defined in section 8 of the Education Act 1996 may be employed:

  • to sell alcohol, except in sealed containers;
  • to sell cigarettes or medicines;
  • to deliver milk or fuel oils;
  • preparing meat for sale in a butchers or slaughter house;
  • to collect or sort refuse;
  • in any work which is more than three metres above ground level or, in case of internal work, more than three metres above floor level;
  • any work that involves driving or riding a motor vehicle, including those used in agriculture;
  • in employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents;
  • to collect money or to sell or canvass door to door, except under the supervision of an adult;
  • in work involving exposure to adult material or in situations which are for this reason otherwise unsuitable for children;
  • personal care of residents in a care or nursing home – unless under the supervision of an adult;
  • in telesales.

A child also cannot be employed

  • in a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club, except in connection with a performance given entirely by children;
  • in a nightclub;
  • in a commercial kitchen;
  • in a garage;
  • in an amusement arcade or fairground;
  • in a warehouse or factory;
  • on the streets

What employment can children do and when?

Apply for a Child Employment Licence



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