Child labour monitoring

Establishing Child labour monitoring (CLM) systems and processes at the National, Provincial and Local levels can be an important way to address child labour situations and provide a useful tool for Government agencies, community members, employers and workers to protect children from child labour, promote their schooling and securing safe employment conditions for young workers of legal working age.

What is it?

There are various ways of applying the principles of CLM but typically it involves the development of a coordinated multi-sector monitoring and referral process that aims to cover all children living in a given geographical area. Its principal activities include regularly repeated direct observations to identify child labourers and to determine risks to which they are exposed, referral of these children to services, verification that they have been removed and tracking them afterwards to make sure that they have been provided with appropriate solutions to their situation.

Institutions involved:
• National, Provincial and Local levels of Government (Labour, Education, Health and Social Services)
• Employers and Workers Organizations / Private Sector
• Community members and NGO’s

What is being done?

The ILO-IPEC project addressing child labour in the shrimp and seafood industry in Thailand works together with Department of Labour Protection and Welfare (DLPW) is testing and piloting CLM based on previous CLM efforts in Thailand. Research and Development Institute (RDI), Khon Kaen University (KKU) is working together with the DLPW to help in further testing and developing CLM in two project target Provinces (Samut Sakhon and Songkhla) and generating lessons learned from the CLM activities.
• CLM processes will be tested and undertaken in two main project areas with the aim to demonstrate how CLM as a multi-stakeholder action can effectively prevent child labour and withdraw children from hazardous work.
• Instituting CLM will also help mobilize and train community members to monitor child labour and link the monitoring activity to local government and official enforcement systems, especially the labour inspection, so that the information on child labour can be used effectively.
• The CLM process at the District and Provincial levels is intended to also inform future data collection, monitoring and planning efforts in relation to the review process of National Policy and Plan to Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour 2009 – 2014