Newham

Child employment

On this page you will find out what you need to do if your child wants to work or perform, and information about permits and licences for child employers and agents.

If your child wants to work

The youngest age a child can work part-time is 13, except children involved in areas like television, theatre and modelling.

For detailed information about child employment, including restrictions and minimum pay visit the GOV.UK website.
 
 

Apply for a child work permit

If your child wishes to do paid work, you and your child's employer must apply to us for a work permit. Note that working hours are limited and only certain types of work are allowed.
 
It is illegal for a child to work without a work permit.
Apply for a child work permitEmail the completed form to the Attendance Management Team at attendance.management@newham.gov.uk
 

What happens next

We'll send a work permit card to the employer only for the job on the application form. If you're the parent or guardian we'll also send you a letter confirming this.

We may inspect the workplace and speak to the employer. We'll write a report and let you know if there are any problems.
 
 

Children in entertainment and sport

A child may need a performance licence if they are under school leaving age and take part in:
  • films, plays, concerts or other public performances that the audience pays to see
  • any sporting events or modelling assignments where the child is paid
 
 

Apply for a child performance licence

The person running the performance or sporting event must apply for a child performance licence. They must do this at least 21 days before the event.
 
As the child's parent or guardian you must also fill in a section of the form.Apply for a child performance licence
Email the completed form to the Attendance Management Team at attendance.management@newham.gov.uk
 
 

Apply for a chaperone's licence

If your child takes part in a licensed performance they must be supervised by a responsible adult, known as a chaperone. Any chaperone must get a licence from us.Apply for a chaperone's licenceEmail the completed form to the Attendance Management Team at attendance.management@newham.gov.uk
 
 
 
 

Apply for body of persons approval

If you're running a performance taking place within the London Borough of Newham you need to apply for a body of persons approval.

You will need to provide details about your organisation, the performance and safeguarding arrangements.

Application for a body of persons approval

Email the completed form to the Attendance Management Team at attendance.management@newham.gov.uk
 
 
 

Contact details

Email completed forms to the Attendance Management Team at attendance.management@newham.gov.uk

To discuss any application you can telephone the Attendance Management Team on 020 3373 0390.
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