Children and Young Workers

The requirements under the ETI Base code. The only elements here are those which go over and above the legal requirements.

What you should do - ETI

New recruitment of child labour

Minors/Young workers

  • The ETI Base code defines a child as: Any person less than 15 years of age unless local minimum age law stipulates a higher age for work or mandatory schooling, in which case the higher age shall apply.
  • There shall be no new recruitment of child labour.

Remediation of child labour

Minors

  • Companies shall develop or participate in and contribute to policies and programmes which provide for the transition of any child found to be performing child labour to enable her or him to attend and remain in quality education until no longer a child.
What this means in practice:

Verification of ages

The ETI Base Code does not allow the recruitment of new child labour, which in the UK context means minors – children below school leaving age i.e. 16 (see definitions in section on Minimum Working Age of Young Workers, above).

  • Ensure that you do not use any workers under the age of 15 for any work.
  • Ensure that you do not recruit and use any NEW workers under the age of 15.

Remediating child labour

  • If you find that anyone working on your site is under the age of 13, you must remove them from work immediately.
  • In cases of hardship, where the under-13 and his or her family are in urgent need, talk with the family to understand the problem. You may be able to help by employing another family member who is over the legal working age. If you believe that the child’s welfare is under threat, you should contact social services.
  • If you currently employ minors, weigh up the pros and cons of continuing to employ each minor:
    • Do you believe that the child is in danger when they work for you?
    • Do you believe that the child’s performance at school is negatively affected because of work?

      If your answer to either of these questions is ‘yes’ for any child, you should discontinue their employment. In cases of hardship, where the under16 and his or her family are in urgent need, talk with the family to understand the problem. You may be able to help by employing another family member who is over the legal working age. If you believe that the child’s welfare is under threat, you should contact social services.

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