Child work permits
Some frequently asked questions
What is a work permit?
A work permit is a document which shows that the child’s
employment has been registered, and that their employment is
Sample work permit (PDF, 43k)
Who will get a copy of the work permit?
The employer, the child and their school will get a copy.
Who should apply for a work permit?
The person who will be employing the child must apply.
How can an employer apply for a work permit?
Fill in the employers application form or request one from your
local child employment officer.
How quickly does the employer need to apply?
An Employer's Registration Form must be sent to the Local
Authority in the first week that the child works. Every employer
must carry out a risk assessment before the child starts working,
and employers must inform parents/guardians of this.
Why does an employer need to get a work permit?
It is against the law to employ a school age child without an
employment permit. Any child employed without a permit might not be
covered by the employer's liability insurance policy.
Do children still need a work permit if they are doing unpaid
or voluntary work?
Yes, a child is employed if they work for a company that
makes a profit, whether or not they receive pay or reward for the
job they do.
What are the penalties for illegally employing a child without
The employer may be fined up to £1,000.