Child employment licence

Children who are 13 or older and still of compulsory school age are entitled to work part-time as long as their job:

  • Does not cause their education to suffer
  • Does not put them at risk of harm or injury

Children under the age of 13 may not have jobs.

Any child wanting to have a part-time job must hold a valid licence in order to do so. If a child is working without a licence, their employer is breaking the law and will not be insured against any damage or injuries caused or incurred by the child. They also risk legal action being taken against them.

About this licence
Application and guidance notes
Privacy notice

Herefordshire Council is the Data Controller under data protection law and will use the information you provide on this form in order to provide you with the licence you apply for. The legal basis for processing this data is your consent to do so. You can withdraw your consent at any time by notifying us, however this will result in a licence not being provided or withdrawn. Our contact details to do so, or for any other queries, are Lorraine Ralph, Enforcement Officer, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE.

We will keep your data for two years after the licence ends. Your information will not be shared further, unless it is necessary to do so in cases such as preventing or detecting crime. Individuals have a number of rights under data protection law, including the right to request their information. You also have a right to make a complaint about our handling of your personal data to the Information Commissioner's Office.

Contact details
  • Telephone: 01432 260517 and 01432 383342
  • Email:
  • Address: Education Legal Officer, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE