Young persons at work

Information on employing young people under the age of 16 can be found on on this link.


Safeguarding young people in the workplace:

For adults working with young people, particularly those below the age of sixteen, it is important to be aware of potentially difficult situations. By following the simple guidance outlined below it should be possible to ensure that the workplace is a secure and productive environment for both the provider and young person.

1. Touch

There may be occasions when you need to touch a young person (e.g. If you are guiding them in carrying out a technical operation) these should be kept to a minimum and only used when necessary.  

2. Behaviour

Whilst it is important to reassure a young person who may be nervous in a new placement and reliant on your guidance it is important not to be over familiar. Never permit ’horseplay’ which may cause embarrassment or fear.

3. Environment

Where possible staff should not be on their own in an isolated or closed environment with a young person.  

6. Disclosure

If you are concerned by anything the young person may disclose to you or a member of your staff in terms of child protection please telephone the Child Protection Team at Social Services for advice on 443533.

Where the young person is on a school placement please contact the Work Experience Coordinator, if they are not available then speak to the Headteacher/Principal of the young person’s school/college. Outside of school hours please use the mobile number given to you by the Work Experience Coordinator. 

If the young person discloses an allegation against anyone in the workplace please contact the Child Protection Team for advice prior to speaking to anyone else.  

7. Disqualification

If you are aware that any of your employees are disqualified from working with children and that this would present difficulties for you it would be more appropriate for you to decline the placement in order to protect yourself.
Any employer who might be interested in providing training in child protection within their organisation can contact Jan Brotherton (JCPC Training Officer) for advice on 445148.

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