Article 32

I should not be made to do dangerous work.

Article 32 of the UNCRC says that children and young people shouldn't be able to work until they reach a certain age. In Scotland, they're not allowed to do almost any kind of work until they are 13. Rules about the work they can do remain in place until they are 18.

The number of hours a child or young person can work in a week should be limited by the government. When they work, they should be protected from violence.

Related articles

Article 15

Children and young people shouldn't be prevented from joining a trade union because of their age.

Article 27

The work of children and young people shouldn't result in them having an inadequate standard of living.

Article 28

The work of children and young people shouldn't interfere with their education.

Article 33

Children and young people shouldn't have to be involved in selling or producing illegal drugs.

Article 34

Children and young people shouldn't have to be sex workers.

Article 36

Children and young people shouldn't be exploited in any way over the course of their work.

Full text

This article is a simplified version of Article 32 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be hazardous or to interfere with the child's education, or to be harmful to the child's health or physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.
2. States Parties shall take legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to ensure the implementation of the present article. To this end, and having regard to the relevant provisions of other international instruments, States Parties shall in particular:
(a) Provide for a minimum age or minimum ages for admission to employment;
(b) Provide for appropriate regulation of the hours and conditions of employment;
(c) Provide for appropriate penalties or other sanctions to ensure the effective enforcement of the present article.


Citizen's Advice Bureau: Young people and employment

The Citizen's Advice Bureau has information about what work children and young people can do at what age.

Scottish Government: Child Employment

The Scottish Government has a guide to the employment of children and young people on its website.