The definition of 'work' as applies to children below Minimum School Leaving Age (MSLA) is: 'any work that is part of a business whether or not the person is paid'. Children cannot work until they are 13 years old and may only do work involving light duties. Babysitting is not considered 'work' by the law.
All children who are employed must hold a work permit.
Statutory school leaving date is the last Friday in June in the academic year in which the child is 16 years old. The work permit must be issued in the local authority where children work, regardless of where they live or go to school. A Risk Assessment must be carried out and shown to the Child’s Parents before a work permit is issued.