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Notice: Estyn inspection report of Powys Education Authority published
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Prohibited & Permitted Employment for Children (Child Employment Permits)

Prohibited Employment for Children

No child of any age may be employed in the following:-

  • in a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club, except in connection with a performance given entirely by children.
  • to sell or deliver alcohol, except in sealed containers. 
  • to deliver milk.
  • to deliver fuel oils.
  • in a commercial kitchen.
  • to collect or sort refuse.
  • in any work which is more than three meters above ground/ floor level.
  • in employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents.
  • to collect money 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.
  • in telephone sales.
  • in any slaughterhouse or in that part of any butcher's shop or other premises connected with the killing of livestock, butchery, or the preparation of carcasses or meat for sale.
  • as an attendant or assistant in a fairground or amusement arcade or in any other premises used for the purpose of public amusement by means of automatic machines, games or chance or skill or similar device.
  • in the personal care of residents of any residential care home or nursing home. 

This does not prevent children taking part in a performance under the provisions of a licence granted in accordance with the Children and Young Persons Act 1963 and The Children (Performances and Activities) (Wales) Regulations 2015.



Permitted employment of children aged 14 or over

A child aged 14 or over may be employed only in light work

Permitted employment of children aged 13

A child aged 13 may be employed only in light work in the following categories:

  •     agricultural or horticultural work
  •     delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed material
  •     shop work, including shelf stacking
  •     hairdressing salons
  •     office work
  •     car washing by hand in a private residential setting
  •     in a café or restaurant
  •     in riding stables
  •     domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation

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