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HIGHLAND COUNCIL DRAFTS LAW TO PROTECT CHILD WORKERS

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Highland Council has become the first authority in Scotland to draw up bylaws to comply with a European directive a...
Highland Council has become the first authority in Scotland to draw up bylaws to comply with a European directive aimed at ending the exploitation of child labour.

Scotland on Sunday (p7) reported that every council in Scotland is currently working on their own version of the law.

Under the plans every employer of a child will have to complete a detailed risk asessement before a special permit is issued. Police and council social workers will be able to demand to see the permit whenever they wish. It will be applied for by the employer but is held by the individual child and is in their name.

Social workers and education department staff are to be tasked with policing the new laws, and any suggestion that the children are doing physically strenuous demanding labour rather than light work will be investigated.

James Stevenson, the council's head of education, said: 'There will be a discretionary element to this. We accept there could be difficulties over the definition of light tasks.'
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