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Prohibited employment


Prohibited employment are the types of jobs in which children of compulsory school age cannot be employed.

No young person of compulsory school age can be employed:

  • in a cinema, theatre, discotheque, dance hall or night club, except in connection with a performance given entirely by children
  • to sell or deliver alcohol
  • to deliver milk
  • in the collection of fuel and fuel oils
  • in a commercial kitchen
  • to collect or sort refuse
  • in any work which is more than three metres above ground/floor level
  • in employment involving harmful exposure to physical, biological or chemical agents
  • to collect money or to sell or canvass door to door
  • in work involving harmful exposure to adult material or in situations which are, for this reason, unsuitable for children
  • in telephone sales
  • in any slaughterhouse or in that part of any butcher's shop or other premises connected in the killing of livestock, butchery, or in the preparation of carcasses or meat for sale
  • as an attendant or assistant in a fairground or amusement arcade
  • in the personal care of residents in any residential or nursing home
  • in street trading
  • in any industrial undertaking
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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