Children's employment

We help protect the safety, health and wellbeing of children while they are employed in the entertainment industry.

What we do

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  • Promote the welfare of children employed in entertainment, exhibition, still photography and door-to-door sales.
  • Assess employer applications for authorities to employ children.
  • 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.

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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