Thanks to Chris for this question asked at a workshop we ran this week for Southwark Council. It is illegal to pay any child who is aged less than 13 years of age. If the child is aged 13 and over, you will need to apply to your local education authority for a work permit. Do not pay a child if you do not have a permit - you can be fined up to £1,000 for not having a permit. The permit will detail what hours the child can do, which will be dependent on their age.