Somerset County Council

Apply for a child work permit


Children often want to earn extra money, and many parents want their children to do this to help them become independent and self-disciplined. But, there are laws to protect children for their welfare.

In Somerset, Education Welfare Officers are responsible for issuing licences, or work permits, for children in employment.

You can send all your questions about work permits to 

An employer is responsible for discussing the application with the child's parent or guardian. The parent or guardian must agree before you can complete the application process. 

If you want to apply for a work permit for a child, we only accept online applications, please use the 'Apply now' button below.

Online form for employers - Please only fill in the form when the child has been offered employment.

Please note - In term-time or school holidays, no child is allowed work before 7am or after 7pm.

Apply now


Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (please select option 1)
Fax: 01823 321187

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed. 

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