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Permitted types of employment for 13-year-olds


Children aged 13 can only be employed in light work in a limited number of areas.

These are:

  • agricultural or horticultural work
  • delivery of newspapers, journals and other printed material
  • shop work, including shelf stacking
  • domestic work in hotels or other establishments that offer accommodation
  • office work
  • car washing by hand in a private residential setting

Or in the following locations:

  • hairdressing salons
  • cafes and restaurants
  • riding stables

Light work is defined as work which is not harmful to the child's safety, health or development and will not adversely affect the child's attendance at school.

Contact us
Child employment
03000 265 902
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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