Employment of children

Aberdeen City Council has adopted by-laws which regulate the part-time employment of school age children (children who have not yet reached their statutory school leaving date) during term-time and holiday periods. These by-laws implement the amendments to the Children and Young Persons Act 1937 required by the European Union regulations on the Protection of Children at Work.

Employment includes assistance in any trade or occupation which is carried on for profit, whether or not payment is received for that assistance. This includes times where the child is employed by a parent.

Before a child can take up employment they must have an employment permit. The permit details the employment to be undertaken and the hours and days to be worked. Before a permit can be issued, parents and the child's Head Teacher must give their permission for the child to be employed and employers must carry out a written risk assessment.

Permits are issued by:
Education, Culture and Sport
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 13
Second Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1AB

You can download information and the application form:

Detailed information about the employment of school age children and application forms are available from secondary schools or from Marischal College. Completed application forms should be sent to the above address.

Parents should obtain a copy of this information before their child starts work.

Contact details

Moyra Forbes
Education Maintenance Allowances
Support Services
Education Culture and Sport
Business Hub 13
Second Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen 
AB10 1AB

01224 523 898
Fax: 01224 522 022
MForbes@aberdeencity.gov.uk


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