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News - 21 July 2007

If you employ children be prepared for an inspection

Child employment officers from Brighton & Hove City Council are marking national Child Employment Week from 6-10 August with a series of unannounced visits to employers across the city.

Their job is to ensure that children below school leaving age who are engaged in part-time employment are doing so safely and within the law.

The areas young people tend to work in include paper rounds, small shops, cafes and hairdressers as well as cleaning jobs in hotels and guesthouses.

The employer visits will help identify where children are working during the school holiday period and what hours they are working.

Child employment officers play a key role in making sure employers understand the laws affecting the employment of schoolchildren. Visits to employers are followed up to check that employment cards have been issued, and to investigate any infringements of legislation.

Child employment officer Dave Noble says: “Most of the time, when we find problems it’s because employers are not aware of their responsibilities.

Once we make them aware of the laws on child employment they’re generally only too keen to work with us to change things for the better.

“It’s in their interests to do so – employers who consistently flout child employment regulations can face fines of up to £5,000 per week per offence.”

For further information please contact the city council’s child employment team on 01273 293567, email: Or visit

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