Child Employment

What types of employment are permitted?

Any child, who assists in a trade or occupation for profit, even if s/he is not paid, is deemed to be employed.

  • Babysitting or offering to wash a car for charity would not amount to employment.

  • Helping out a local trades person by delivering leaflets would amount to employment, as would helping out in the family shop.

A child aged 13 and above may be employed in light work only, in one or more of the following specified categories:-

  • Agricultural or horticultural work
  • Delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed material, and collecting payment for same, subject to the provisions of byelaw 3(I)
  • Shop work, including shelf stacking
  • Hairdressing salons
  • Office work
  • Car washing by hand in a private residential setting
  • In a cafĂ© or restaurant (but must not enter into a commercial kitchen)
  • In riding stables
  • Domestic work in hotels and other establishments offering accommodation

What is 'light work'?


  • The law defines light work as work which, on account of the inherent nature of the tasks which it involves and the particular conditions under which they are performed;
  • is not likely to be harmful to the safety, health or development of children; and
  • is not such as to be harmful to their attendance at school or to their participation in work experience or their capacity to benefit from the instruction received or the experience gained

A Guide to Child Employment

What types of employment are prohibited?


View Bath and North East Somerset Byelaws