Can I employ under-18s in a bingo club?
If you employ children (those aged under 16) or young people (16
or 17) you should be aware that it is an offence for them to
provide facilities for playing bingo or to perform any function in
connection with a gaming machine, including servicing or cleaning
It is an offence to employ children to perform any function on
the premises when you are running a bingo game. You can however
employ young people to perform any function not related to gambling
when bingo games are taking place.
You should have policies and procedures designed to ensure
- children and young people are never asked to perform the tasks
- all your staff, including those who are children or young
people themselves, are instructed about the laws relating to access
to gambling by children and young people.
You should consider adopting the policy that children are not
employed to work on bingo licensed premises when the premises are
open for business and that children or young people are not asked
to work in areas where there are gaming machines.