Apply for a child employment permit

What is the child employment permit for?

When a child of compulsory school age is employed to work after school, at weekends or during school holidays, the law states that they must be registered for work with their local authority, who will issue a work permit.

Similarly, if they are involved in entertainment, which includes television, film, theatre, modelling and paid sport, they may require a performance licence and a licensed chaperone.

What are the rules for child employment?

Gloucestershire Byelaws for Child Employment
Child employment guide for parents and children (leaflet)
Child employment guide for employers (leaflet) 
DfE guidance on the employment of children

How do I apply for a permit?

The application should be signed by the parent and the employer then returned to us within 7 days of the start of employment. A Job Checklist must also be submitted with the application form.

Complete the Application for a child employment permit

Complete a Job Checklist:

Café / Restaurant Work 
Newspaper / Other Delivery Work 
Generic Template (to be adapted by the employer as needed)

More information

Work permits and performance licences are issued by:

Education Performance & Inclusion Team
Shire Hall
Westgate Street

For enquiries email


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