Child employment

Coventry Byelaws state that children cannot be employed on a part-time basis until they are aged 14.

The minimum age that a child can work is 13 years, except for children involved in areas such as:

  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Modelling

Children working in these areas will need a Performance Licence.

All school age children who are employed part-time must be registered with the Local Authority. It is the responsibility of the Employer to register all children of school age and to undertake a risk assessment.

Child working hours

Children must not work before 7am or after 7pm. Children are not allowed to work more than 12 hours a week during term time. All children must have at least two consecutive weeks off during school holidays.

14 years

  • School days – 2 hours (Children can only work outside of school hours; this may include 1 hour before school)
  • Saturdays – 5 hours
  • Sundays – 2 hours
  • School Holidays – 5 hours (up to a maximum of 25 hours per week)

15 – 16 years

  • School days – 2 hours (Children can only work outside of school hours; this may include 1 hour before school)
  • Saturdays – 8 hours
  • Sundays – 2 hours
  • School Holidays – 8 hours (up to a maximum of 35 hours per week)

Downloads:

Attendance and Inclusion Team (exclusion)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7697 5434

PO Box 15
Council House
Coventry
CV1 5RR

Health and safety team

Environmental Health

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 08085 834333

Visit: http://www.coventry.gov.uk/healthandsafetyteam

PO Box 15
Council House
Coventry
CV1 5RR

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