Permitted and prohibited employment for children

Permitted employment for children aged 13

A child aged 13 cannot be employed except in light work in one or more of the following specified categories:

  • agricultural or horticultural work
  • delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed material
  • shop work, including shelf stacking
  • hairdressing salons
  • office work
  • in a café or restaurant
  • in riding stables, kennels and catteries

Prohibited employment for all children

No child of any age may be employed:

  • in a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club
  • to sell or deliver alcohol, except in sealed containers
  • to deliver milk
  • to deliver fuel oils
  • in a commercial kitchen (includes the kitchen of any hotel, cook shop, fried fish shop, eating house or refreshment room)
  • 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 having harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agent
  • to collect money or to sell or canvass door to door
  • in work involving exposure to adult material or in situation which are for this reason otherwise unsuitable for children
  • in telephone sales and canvassing
  • 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 of residents of any residential care home or nursing home