Children and Young Workers

How to comply 1

How to do it – what it looks like in practice

You need to:

  • Be aware of the legislation
  • Conduct risk assessments so you know the risks that are present in the work place.
  • Ensure that you have checked the ages of all of your workers and have a copy of each person’s ID on file.
  • Ensure that you have a valid work permit for every worker under the age of 16.

Minimum working age

The employment of anyone under the age of 13 is both illegal and dangerous. If a child has an accident on site, your insurance would not cover any injury to them or damage to your equipment. Using underage workers also puts your company reputation at risk.

  • Do not allow anyone under the age of 13 to do any work on your premises, even if they are a member of your family.
  • If you find that anyone working on your site is under the age of 13, you must remove them from work immediately

Age Verification

  • Make sure you have checked the ages of all workers (including agency workers and members of your own family) on your site. Take a copy of their ID and keep it in their personnel file.
  • If you find workers who are 13 or over but under school leaving age, please work carefully through all sections of this workbook to ensure that you are complying with all your legal obligations.
  • Keep a list of all minors working on site so that you can ensure that their work falls within legal requirements.

Applying for local authority permissions

  • Make sure that you have been given permission by the local authority to employ a minor (see guidelines below).
  • Make sure that you are aware of the specific local authority regulations in relation to your area and the minor(s) you are using.

Verification of ages

  • Make sure you have checked the ages of all workers (including agency workers and members of your own family) on your site.
  • Take a copy of their ID and keep it in their personnel file.
  • If you find workers who are between school leaving age and 18, please work carefully through all sections of this workbook to ensure that you are complying with all your legal obligations.
  • Keep a list of all young workers working on site so that you can ensure that their work falls within legal requirements.

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