Devon firms warned over child labour laws

EMPLOYMENT officers will be visiting Devon firms this summer to see if they are employing illegal child labour. Last year, 397 school-aged children were found working in a number of occupations. Of those, 225 did not have the required work permit. Nearl

EMPLOYMENT officers will be visiting Devon firms this summer to see if they are employing illegal child labour.

Last year, 397 school-aged children were found working in a number of occupations. Of those, 225 did not have the required work permit.

Nearly 60 children in the UK are killed or seriously injured while working.

Christine Ellison, of the county council's education welfare service, said: "Employers must ensure that they have carried out all obligations in law and also are aware of any risks and other necessary safety procedures before they employ a child."


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Education welfare officers are planning to visit employers during July and August.

"This is not designed as a persecution or prosecution exercise," Mrs Ellison said.

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"Education welfare officers will visit employers, shopping centres, markets and other places where school-aged children are employed to offer advice regarding the legal situation regarding child employment, work permits, hours of work and occupations that children can and can not be employed in.

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