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Children's employment

Cartoon character Sally with adult supervisorWe help protect the safety, health and wellbeing of children while they are employed in the entertainment industry.

What we do

  • Promote the welfare of children employed in entertainment, exhibition, still photography and door-to-door sales.
  • Assess employer applications for Authorities.
  • Monitor employer compliance with the legislation.
  • Consult with employers if specific safety and welfare issues are identified.
  • Investigate complaints and alleged breaches of the legislation.
  • Educate the industry about children’s employment.
  • Encourage child safe environments.

We administer the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) (Child Employment) Regulation 2015 and the Code of Practice (PDF 222.8KB)

The Regulation applies when you employ children:

  • under 15 years of age in the entertainment and exhibition, still photography and door-to-door sales industries
  • under 16 years of age for any type of modelling
  • who are being paid either in money or material benefit.

It also applies to children who are not being paid when there is a mix of paid and unpaid children employed.

Regulation requirements

Find out more about what you need to do under the Regulation to help keep children safe:

Check whether an organisation or individual has an Authority.

New children's employment regulation

From 17 December 2015 a new children’s employment regulation and Code of Practice applies. Read more about the changes.


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