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Council Seeks Views on Child Employment and School Attendance

Pembrokeshire County Council has recently launched two child-related consultations, on which it is keen to gather local views.

The first consultation is on proposed changes to current byelaws on the Employment of Children of compulsory school age.

If adopted, changes would include a ban on children selling or delivering alcohol; a ban on child employment in the care of residents of any residential care home or nursing home, and the introduction of fixed penalty notices for employers in breach of the byelaws.

The second consultation is on proposed changes to the Code of Conduct for issuing Penalty Notices for Irregular School Attendance.

The suggested changes have come about as a result of the Council’s experience in managing the current Code of Conduct and a number of schools adopting asymmetric timetables, which provide greater opportunity for pupils to take part in activities to promote well-being.

Cllr Guy Woodham, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said:  “Ensuring that we have appropriate measures in place to safeguard children and to enable every child to achieve more than they thought possible, are top priorities for Pembrokeshire County Council.

“The changes being proposed as part of both these consultations are designed to help us further these goals."

All those with an interest are urged to make their views known via the Council website at www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/haveyoursay

Comments should be returned by Friday 29th November.

Responses will be considered by the Council’s Cabinet prior to any final decisions being made.

Hard copies of documents and documents in alternative formats can be provided on request.


ID: 5768, revised 07/11/2019