Keeping teens safe at work is the focus of new campaign

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PROTECTING working teens was one of the main issues addressed during Child Employment Fortnight.

The child employment team from East Sussex County Council changed tactics for this year’s event and visited a number of schools across the county to educate youngsters on employment.

Throughout the year the team provides advice and guidance to employers to ensure they adhere to legislative requirements and local bylaws on child employment, including a limit on working hours and the need for a work permit, designed to keep young workers safe.

“While it’s the employers that face the penalties if a child is not working in accordance with the law, it is important for young people to understand the restrictions and stay safe,” said Matt Dunkley, Director of Children’s Services.

“There is a general lack of awareness about many aspects of law and Child Employment Fortnight gave us a chance to get the message across to young people.”

He added: “Our message is we think it is good to work, it gives you confidence, allows you to earn your own money and looks good on your CV, but you have to be safe.”

Young people cannot work before 7am and after 7pm.