Are there any jobs children may not do?
Permitted work for 13 year olds
Children aged 13 years are allowed to be employed in light work in one or more of the following specified categories:
- agricultural or horticultural work
- delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed material
- domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation
- car washing (by hand in a private residential setting)
- in a cafe or restaurant
- shop work
- hairdressing salons
- office work
- in riding stables
List of Prohibited Employment
No child of any age may be employed:
- in a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club (except in connection with a performance given entirely by children or under the terms and conditions of a performance licence)
- 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 3 metres above ground or internal floor level
- in employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents
- to collect money or to sell or canvass door to door
- 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 any part of a butcher's shop or other premises connected with the killing of livestock, butchery, or the preparation of 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 of residents of any residential care home or nursing home.
note: other legislation prohibits children's employment e.g. in industrial undertaking and street trading.
A young person is of compulsory school age until the last Friday in June in the school year in which they reach the age of sixteen years.
This information is only a general guide.
Employers and parents must consult the relevant legislation for assistance with specific queries.
For further information contact the Child Employment Office