Staffordshire CC is launching a court crackdown on employers who illegally take on children for temporary work in t...
Staffordshire CC is launching a court crackdown on employers who illegally take on children for temporary work in the summer, reports The Birmingham Post (p4).
Ben Whitney, specialist education officer of Staffordshire CC, referring to a report by the University of Paisley, said nine out of ten children working in Britain were doing so illegally.
He said while traditional jobs like paper rounds were well regulated, growing numbers of employers are looking at children to do more adult jobs, the Post reports. 'We are particularly concerned about children working in pubs, collecting glasses very late in the evening,' Mr Whitney said.
Any employment of a child under 16 in a shop, cafe, or office is illegal without a licence from the education authority, and there are strict regulations on hours that can be worked based on different age groups.