When does the law start, and who does it affect?
The law came into effect 1 October 2011. The Children (Regulation of Employment) (Jersey) Order 2011 governs how and where young people can be employed, whether they are being paid or not. It applies to people under 16 years old.
What is the purpose of the law and what has been in place until now?
The law was brought in to help make sure that working children have the correct balance between their work and school life. It’s about protecting the welfare of children and young people, and is not intended to make working life difficult for young people or their employers.
What is the definition of 'work'?
Work has been defined in Article 48 of the Children (Jersey) Law 2002 as "a person who assists in a trade or occupation carried out for profit shall be regarded as being employed notwithstanding the person receives no reward for his or her labour".
This means that you are working if you are helping in a business that is set up for making profit, even if you are not being paid.
The law does not intend to restrict jobs such as babysitting or doing odd jobs for pocket money. It does not apply to young people on work experience programmes organised through schools.
How will the law be enforced?
Enforcement of this law will be a joint venture between Children’s Services, Education and the States of Jersey Police. It is intended that any issues are resolved at the lowest possible level, using already well-established procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
Young people and their parents or carers are encouraged to discuss any concerns about employment with their school. Schools have been given authority to contact Children’s Services where necessary, who in turn can contact the employer. Only where necessary will the police be involved.
Likewise, should a concern have been raised involving your child, the school or someone from Children’s Services may make contact with you to discuss how and where your child is employed.
Information about the child employment law for parents, carers and employers
Information about the child employment law for young workers (working children under 16)