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Child Employment

Having a part time job can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for a child or young person. It is important that they are kept safe from harm or potential exploitation. 

Children and young people thinking about getting a part time job, their parents or carers and their prospective employers need to be aware of the laws that aim to protect everyone involved.

In order to ensure that employers are working within the law, a work permit is required which states the terms under which the child will be employed. The work permit is evidence that the right permission has been sought and obtained.

The work permit means that the employee will be covered by the employer's liability insurance and is entitled to the same level of care and consideration as other employees in the company.


Child Employment Guidance and Byelaws

The below guidance can be downloaded and kept for future reference. It would be useful for:

  • employers looking to offer part time employment to a child or young person;
  • the parent or carer of a child or young person who is looking for part time work;
  • a child or young person thinking of looking for a part time job.

Specific Byelaws are also included in the guidance but can be downloaded separately if required.

  • Byelaws (PDF, 109 KB)

    Sheffield's specific Byelaws about Child Employment. Please note that this is designed as a folded booklet.


Apply for a Work Permit

Once you have decided to apply for a work permit, you can download the relevant forms below. The Application Form and Medical Declaration are both required to ensure your application is successful.

Also included to download is a document outlining what hours children can work.


Contact Us

If you have any queries or want to submit completed Application Forms, please contact us:

Prevention and Early Intervention
Sheffield City Council
Children, Young People and Families (CYPF)
Floor 7
North Wing
Moorfoot Building
S1 4LP

Tel: 0114 2037442
Fax: 0114 2053524
E-mail: Childpermits&

  • Modified: Sep 1, 2015 8:26:03 AM