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What supports are available if you are under 18 and out of work?

If you are under 18 and out of work here are some things to be aware of


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Unfortunately, many people have become unemployed during the current pandemic. It is important that we know what supports are out there if we are struggling and that we continue to look after our wellbeing.

For continued, up to date information, on employment issues and support during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) check out our Employment Guide.

What support is available?

If you are under 18 and were working, full or part-time hours before the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, here are some things to be aware of.

Employee Entitlements

You may be entitled to Annual Leave or Holiday pay depending on your employer and how many hours you were working. It could be a good idea to check in with your employer and see what they can provide. Employers are expected to be flexible during these uncertain times and if you feel your employer is not giving you what you are entitled to, there are supports that can help. FLAC (The Free Legal Advice Centre) offers some basic legal assistance for free and is currently available to contact via phone on Lo-Call 1890 350 250 or 01-8745690.

Financial Support

Unfortunately, there has been no financial support made available to those under 18 who may be out of work due to the pandemic. The Pandemic Unemployment Payment, which is for people who have been made unemployed due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), is not available to those who are under 18. If you are struggling financially it could be a good idea to get in touch with MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) to see if they can provide any support.

Find out more about your work rights when aged under 18 here.

Feeling overwhelmed or anxious around the current pandemic?

This situation is completely new to everyone involved and it is normal to feel worried or anxious about what is going on. Following the Government’s instructions on how to stay safe and help slow the spread of the virus, can help to make you feel more in control of your current situation.

If you feel overwhelmed by the current situation and need someone to talk to, our anonymous, 24 hour text line is always open. You're worth talking about and we're here to listen and support you.

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Published May 7th2020
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