Employing children under 14

Last updated on Jun 22, 2022

It is illegal to employ or allow children under the age of 14 in any form of occupation. Employers, parents or any guardian in charge of a child who allows a child to work in any type of occupation will be punished.

However, there are two exceptions. The Government allows children to work:

If you know of any acts of child labour where the child is below the age of 14, please report the crime.

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