Working Children in England and Wales: Waking up from Inertia

2017 King’s Law Journal 28(3), 381-402

24 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2017 Last revised: 2 Apr 2018

Date Written: September 28, 2017


Child work in England and Wales has been a well-researched topic from a historical perspective, but increasingly side-lined in socio-legal scholarship. This work aims to bring back this topic to the legal debate, by considering the relevant legal framework and related international and EU instruments, the experiences of working children in England and Wales, and the legal enforcement of the current standards by public authorities. Priorities for the future are also highlighted, with the ultimate intention of prompting greater monitoring and empirical research in this field.

Keywords: Children's Rights, Child Labour, Child Work, European Union, Labour Law, Young Workers Directive, Childhood

Suggested Citation

Ferreira, Nuno, Working Children in England and Wales: Waking up from Inertia (September 28, 2017). 2017 King’s Law Journal 28(3), 381-402. Available at SSRN:

Nuno Ferreira (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

School of Law, Politics and Sociology
Freeman Building, University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9QE
United Kingdom


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