Advice on young workers

BUSINESSES in Hartlepool are being urged to ensure they don’t break the law when employing children.

Council chiefs want to make sure that children work only the legally permitted number of hours, and employers obtain a local authority permit when taking them on.

A campaign has been launched to coincide with National Child Employment Fortnight, which runs from today until April 8.

Elly Fox, Hartlepool Borough Council’s child employment and licensing officer, will visit to employers also distribute posters and information leaflets around schools, libraries, community centres and shops.

No-one under 13 can be employed. Youngsters old enough to work can only be employed for up to 12 hours a week during term-time.

Those aged 13 and 14 can work up to 25 hours a week during school holidays, while 15 and 16-year-olds can work up to 35 hours a week during holidays.

No child can ever work after 7pm, not even at weekends or in the school holidays.