Children in Employment/Entertainment

It can be a great experience for children and young people to have a part-time job or work in the entertainment industry while at school and we would support that but we also want children to work safely and within the law.

What is the minimum age a child can work?

The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13, except children who are involved in entertainment.

Different rules apply to different types of work and there are restrictions (PDF 127KB) on the times and number of hours a child can work.

How do I know my child will be safe?

An employer must carry out a risk assessment (PDF 69KB) and share it with the child and the parent.

What do I do if I want to employ a child?

If you want to employ a child you must register the child with Bolton Council.  The application (PDF 120KB) is quick and easy and there is guidance PDF 127KB) available on the hours of employment and types of work the child is allowed to do.

You will have to carry out a risk assessment (PDF 69KB) and share it with the parent and the child.

Do the rules differ for children working in entertainment?

Children who work in entertainment, performance or modelling should be licenced (PDF 387KB) and appropriately chaperoned.

New legislation was published in February 2015 to safeguard children taking part in:

  • professional or amateur performance
  • paid sport
  • paid modelling


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