Different rules apply depending on age. No child under thirteen may be employed.
For school age young people they require a permit from the local authority and nobody under sixteen may be employed in manufacturing or any dangerous activity. In England and Wales children may leave school on the last Friday in June if they are sixteen or will be sixteen before the start of the next school year.
Any child under sixteen is necessarily under the minimum school leaving age (MSLA).
For a child between thirteen and the MSLA, they may not work
You need to do a risk assessment before taking on school age workers and you must adhere to any special local authority rules.
For young workers over MSLA then working time and national minimum wage rules begin to apply.
Visit www.lawgistics.co.uk or call 0870 26 77 118 for more information.