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Child employment and performance

Our education department has a duty to regulate, supervise and enforce legislation relating to all aspects of the employment of children within the county.
Making sure children work safely and legally, national laws and the council's bylaws regulate the number of hours and type of work children can do.

A child assisting in any trade or occupation carried on for a profit or gain is deemed to be employed, even if they receive no payment for their labour.
It is important that any child who is employed does so strictly according to the law.

No child must be employed in any work outdoors unless wearing suitable clothes and shoes.

There are different working hours allowed for 13/14 year olds and 15/16 year olds.

Children under the age of 13 must not be employed.

  • Any person who employs children must notify the council, giving their own details and details of the child, a description of the work and evidence of parental approval of the child's employment
  • As long as the work meets the permitted hours, is not prohibited and does not detrimentally affect the welfare of the child, a permit will be issued to both the employer and the parent/child
  • The authority responsible for the registration is the local authority area in which the employment takes place.

Download and complete the Application for the employment of children which can be found in the download section.

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  • The law restricts the kind of paid work that children under the statutory school-leaving age can do in terms of hours and the type of part-time jobs they can undetake
  • The statutory school-leaving date is the last Friday in June in the academic year they turn 16
  • All children of statutory school age must have a Child Employment Licence for any employment
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Permitted hours of employment for children

  • 7am until 8am
  • Two hours after school up to 7pm
  • Up to a maximum of 2 hours in a day if a child works in the morning, they can only work for one hour after school up to 7pm
  • Maximum of 12 hours per week (Monday to Sunday)
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  • Aged 13 and 14: up to five hours between 7am and 7pm
  • Aged 15 and 16: up to eight hours between 7am and 7pm
  • All ages must have a one-hour break after working four hours consecutively
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  • Aged 13, 14, 15 and 16: up to two hours between 7am and 7pm
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  • Aged 13 and 14: up to five hours between 7am and 7pm
  • Aged 15 and 16: up to eight hours between 7am and 7pm
  • All ages must have a one-hour break after working four hours consecutively
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  • The maximum number of hours a 13 or 14-year-old can work during a school holiday week (Sunday to Saturday) is 25 hours
  • The maximum number of hours a 15 or 16-year-old can work during a school holiday week (Sunday to Saturday) is 35 hours
  • They must have at least two consecutive weeks' break from work per year
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Employment of children policy and procedure

  • In a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club, except in connection with a performance given entirely by children (other than performances where a special licence for a young person in entertainment is granted, in accordance with the Child and Young Persons Act 1963)
  • The sale or delivery of alcohol, except in sealed containers
  • Delivery of milk in glass containers
  • Delivery of fuel oils
  • A commercial kitchen
  • Collection or sorting of refuse
  • Work which is more than three metres above ground or floor level
  • Employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents
  • Collecting money or selling or canvassing door-to-door
  • Telephone sales
  • Work involving exposure to adult material or in situations otherwise unsuitable for children
  • Slaughterhouses or other premises connected with the killing of livestock, butchery or preparation of carcasses of meat for sale
  • Fairgrounds, amusement arcades or other premises used for public amusement by means of automatic machines, games of chance or skill or similar devices
  • The personal care of residents in residential care or nursing homes
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  • 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
  • A café or restaurant
  • Riding stables
  • Domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation

Children aged 14 or over may only be employed in light work in categories other than those listed under prohibited employment.

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  • No child under the age of 14 may engage in street trading
  • Children aged 14 or over may only do so if employed by a parent or guardian under their direct supervision if granted a street trader’s licence by the local authority
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For more information please contact the Licensing Officers on 01225 718230 email pnlo@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Chaperone service

It is a legal requirement that children of compulsory school age must be supervised at all times by a registered chaperone when engaged in public performances, unless they are under the direct supervision of either parent or an agreed tutor.

Any adult living in Wiltshire who is planning to work as a chaperone for child performances may apply to Wiltshire Council to be registered as an approved chaperone. Chaperones are approved for three years and will then be required to re-register.

The requirements for approval with Wiltshire Council are:

  • Submission of a completed application form together with two passport-sized photographs.
  • Completion of the reference documents by two referees.
  • A satisfactory ‘Enhanced' DBS disclosure' certificate obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service DBS.
  • Attendance at our chaperone training
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The local authority has a statutory duty to protect children who are engaged in the performance industry. Chaperones act on behalf of the licensing authority and work to safeguard the health and well-being of children involved.

Attendance at our training is a requirement to complete the registration process. We operate several training sessions throughout the year, please email pnlo@wiltshire.gov.uk for details of the next available session. During the session you will also need to provide originals of the valid identity documents for the enhanced DBS check.

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For more information please contact the Licensing Officers on 01225 718230 or email pnlo@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Performance licensing

A child may need a licence if they’re under the school leaving age and taking part in:

  • Films, plays, concerts or other public performances that the audience pays to see, or that take place on licensed premises.
  • Any sporting events or modelling assignments where the child is paid.

The person in charge of running the event must apply for a child performance license.
Please contact us for further information.

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Topic
Age 0 - 4
Age 5 - 8
Age 9 and
Maximum number of hours at place of performance or rehearsal .
5 hours
8 hours
9.5 hours
Earliest and latest permitted times at place of performance or rehearsal.
7am - 10pm
7am - 11pm
7am - 11pm
Maximum period of continuous performance or rehearsal.
30 minutes
2.5 hours
2.5 hours
Maximum total hours of performance or rehearsal.
2 hours
3 hours
5 hours
Minimum intervals for meals and rest
Any breaks must be for a minimum of 15 minutes. If at place of performance for more than 4 hours, breaks must include at least one 45 minute meal break.

If present for 8 hours or more an additional 15 minute break must also be given.

If present at the place of performance for more than 4 hours, but less than 8 hours, they must have one meal break of 45 minutes and at least one break of 15 minutes.

If present at the place of performance for more than 4 hours, but less than 8 hours, they must have one meal break of 45 minutes and at least one break of 15 minutes.

If present for 8 hours or more an additional 15 minute break must also be given.

Education
N/A

3 hours per day (maximum 5 hours). 15 hours per week taught only on school days. Minimum of 6 hours in a week if aggregating over a 4 week period or less.

3 hours per day (maximum 5 hours). 15 hours per week taught only on school days. Minimum of 6 hours in a week if aggregating over a 4 week period or less.
Minimum break between performances.
1.5 hours
1.5 hours
1.5 hours
Maximum consecutive days to take part in performance or rehearsal.
6 days
6 days
6 days
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  • Is payment made to the child?
  • Has the child performed for more than 3 days in the previous six months?
  • Is the total performance time for this application more than 4 days?
  • Is absence from school required?

We are still required to keep records of the performance and issue an exemption certificate. Please complete the exemption certificate which can be found in the download section and return to us.

In the following instances no Performance Licence or Exemption Certificate is required:

  • No payment is made to the child and the performance is arranged by a school
  • No payment is made to the child and the performance is exempted by the Secretary of State, e.g. scout gang shows

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Last updated: 9 November 2017 | Last reviewed: 9 November 2017