Child Employment Permits

The Child Protection Support Service for Schools (CPSSS)/Education Welfare Service issues employment permits in respect of children of compulsory school age who propose to engage in part-time employment. 

As required by law [The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, Part X11, articles 135/6 & The Employment of Children Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996, amended 2006)], all employers of children of compulsory school age must apply for a permit to the Education Authority before the proposed starting date of the child's employment. The application must include written consent from the parent/carer of the child.

N.B. It is unlawful for any child under the age of thirteen to be employed.

If the Designated Officers in CPSSS are satisfied that all legal and regulatory conditions are being met, an employment permit is issued. If a permit is not issued, the proposed employment is unlawful.

Application forms and regulations are available from the CPSSS or by clicking on the following link:

  • Child Employment Permits
  • Telephone Enquiry Point

    The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.

    The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.

    While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.

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