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Information about employing children during the coronavirus pandemic.

First published:
14 May 2020
Last updated:

Can young people continue to work with a permit?

Yes, provided the activity is in line with the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and associated guidance, the regulations are kept under regular review and could be amended every few weeks.   

It also remains that all work permits issued for the employment of children of compulsory school age is restricted by provisions in Part 2 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and Part 2 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1963. 

It also remains that all work permits are issued under the employment of children of compulsory school age and is restricted by provisions in Part 2 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 and Part 2 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1963. 

Local authority officers should assess child employment permit applications on a case by case basis with priority given to the measures in place for the safeguarding of children’s health and wellbeing by the employer; and that employment would not be taking place during what would be regarded as the school day.  The LA would need to discuss with the employer the steps they are taking to protect the wellbeing of young people and take the Welsh Government Coronavirus legislation and guidance in to account when making any decisions.  Further information on the regulations and guidance is available.

Key areas for consideration include:

  • does the child have an underlying health condition?
  • social distancing
  • expected interaction with the public
  • what protection equipment will be issued, for example gloves and hand wash?