Clampdown finds 50 child workers in Medway

Fifty children have been found working illegally during a clampdown by a council in Kent.

Medway Council carried out checks on 90 shops and workplaces during National Child Employment Fortnight, between 28 March and 8 April.

The authority said investigations were continuing with the employers of a further 11 young people.

Anyone hiring children under school-leaving age needs to obtain a permit from their local authority.

The permit must be signed by the employer and the child's parent.

Employers who break the law could face fines of up to £1,000.

The council has also sent out guidance to Year 8 pupils across the Medway towns giving advice on employment and details of how to apply for a free work permit.

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