A number of news stories catch my eye on a daily basis, but one that really stood out recently brought to light an interesting point on the amount of hours children are working.
I know from my role at Capita One just how important an issue this is for local authorities - they have a responsibility to make sure children in their borough are protected from working excessive hours and that the law isn’t being broken.
There are a number of legal limitations and it’s important for local authorities to understand each and every one of these when recording and monitoring information, to ensure the statutory requirements are being met and that they’re protecting children properly.
Working hours and the law in the UK
The article I mention above followed a report from a European Watchdog highlighting the working hours for children in the UK under the age of 15, with a particular focus on morning paper rounds which said that they ‘may breach European law’.
As it stands, UK law states that before school, children can only work up to a maximum of one hour and should not start before 7am or after 7pm. Children can work up to 12 hours a week during term time, which also includes two hours maximum on school days and Sundays.
During school holidays, the maximum amount of hours 13 and 14-years-olds can work is 25 hours a week, and for 15 and 16-year-olds it is 35 hours a week.
How our Children in Entertainment and Employment solution can help
One of the newest enhancements we have made to our Children in Entertainment and Employment (CIEE) solution can help local authorities to record and calculate the number of hours a child is working, within a given time period for both term-time and school holidays.
When you record morning and afternoon sessions worked by a particular child, One then calculates the total number of hours they’ve worked within that time period so you can see instantly if they’re exceeding, or about to exceed the allowed limits. Alternatively, you can choose to record daily hours within a set timeframe, either per day or per week, to run the summative calculation.
We know that a number of local authorities are finding this enhanced functionality extremely useful. Furthermore, by recording the information in this way, it allows team’s easy access to the work patterns for each child, enabling them to identify problems early if a child is working over hours.
To find out more about Children in Entertainment and Employment, please contact us.