• Processing Work Permit applications for children.
  • Processing Entertainment Licences and Chaperone Licenses

Work Permits

The main provisions governing children’s employment are contained in section 18 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. Local Authority bylaws made under the 1933 Act may place further restriction on the hours and conditions of work and the nature of employment permitted. Although these bylaws differ from authority to authority all must conform to the primary legislation and to the general principle that the welfare of the child is of paramount importance.

Work that is allowed

When You Are 13

You may only be employed in ‘light work’ in one of the following:

  • 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 residential setting
  • In a café or restaurant
  • In riding stables
  • Domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation

When You Are 14 & 15

You may be employed only in ‘light work.’

  • 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 residential setting
  • In a café or restaurant
  • In riding stables
  • Domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation

You may engage in market trading if you are employed by your parents in connection with their business and if you are supervised by them.

When You Are 16

The above restrictions will still apply whilst you are of compulsory school age. If the child/young person wishes, they are legally able to leave school on the last Friday in June in the school year in which they reach the age of 16. They are not able to take full-time employment until after that date.

Prohibited employments for all children of compulsory school age

 No child of any school age may be employed

  • In cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club, except in connection with a performance given entirely by children
  • To sell or deliver alcohol, except in sealed containers
  • To deliver milk
  • To deliver fuel oils
  • In a commercial kitchen
  • To collect or sort refuse
  • In any work which is more than three metres above ground level or, in the case of internal work, more than three metres above floor level
  • In employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents
  • To collect money or to sell or canvas door to door, except under the supervision of an adult
  • In work involving exposure to adult material or in situations which are for this reason otherwise unsuitable for children
  • In telephone sales
  • In any slaughterhouse or in that part of any butcher’s shop or other premises connected with the killing of livestock, butchery, or in the preparation of carcasses or meat for sale.
  • As an attendant or assistant in a fairground or amusement arcade or in any other premises used for the purpose of public amusement by means of automatic machines, games of chance or skill or similar devices
  • In the personal care or residents of any residential care home or nursing home unless under the supervision of a responsible adult.

If your child has a part time job or has been offered a part time job then they will require a work permit. Please inform your school that your child is working and they will ensure that you are given a form or you can download the form by clicking on this link. The form then needs to be completed by the parent, employer and signed by the school then needs to be sent to the following address:-

Work Permits, C/O Education Welfare Service, Directorate for Children and Young People, Monmouthshire County Council, @Innovation House, Wales 1 Business Park, Magor, Monmouthshire, NP263DG.

Entertainment Licenses

If your child requires an entertainment license then you need to complete the required application form. This can be downloaded by clicking on this link. We require 21 days notice to process on entertainment license so please ensure that the application is made well in advance as the Education Welfare Service may not have sufficient time to undertake all the necessary checks and paperwork to ensure you child’s well-being in line with statutory guidance.

Further information regarding the National Network for Children in Employment & Entertainment (NNCEE) can be found on this link.

Chaperones

If you are applying to become a chaperone then please complete the form which can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Due to the requirement of the chaperone to have a current Monmouthshire D.B.S. (Disclosure and Barring Service) then this application needs to be made well in advance of the date that it will be required. Monmouthshire will need to submit the D.B.S. request and then this will be processed externally.