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Children in employment and entertainment

What can I employ a child to do?

There are certain jobs that children aged 13 to 16 are not allowed to do. Other jobs are only allowed to be done under 'light working' conditions.

Light working is work that will not:

  • be harmful to the safety, health or development of the child
  • affect their school attendance
  • affect participation in work experience.

Child Employment in England is covered by the Children and Young Person Act 1933 and also by local bye-laws, which are drawn up by each Local Authority.