Publications on child labour


  1. Child Labour in Fiji - A survey of working children in commercial sexual exploitation, on the streets, in rural agricultural communities, in informal and squatter settlements and in schools

    01 December 2010

    This research tells us that too many children in Fiji are being put at risk of exploitation. Too many children are missing out on their childhood and the benefits of education. Many children are victims of the worst forms of child labour, including commercial sexual exploitation and hazardous work. Among the important voices heard in this research are those of children themselves. We salute their courage in sharing their experiences.

  2. Migration and child labour: Exploring child migrant vulnerabilities and those of children left behind

    07 October 2010

    The working paper attempts to describe the correlation between migration and child labour by reviewing secondary data of migrant children with or without their families, and children left behind by their migrant parents. The paper observes that governments' migration policies need to be balanced with their obligations under international conventions to ensure that the rights of children, including migrant children, are protected, including the right to be free from child labour. The paper offers a range of policy considerations, including in the world of work, and points at knowledge gaps.

  3. Good practices on child labour 2010

    07 May 2010

    During the Global Child Labour Conference 2010 (The Hague, The Netherlands) IPEC and its partners have launched 22 good practices (GPs) from all over the world. These GPs describe interesting initiatives that are making a difference in fighting child labour.

  4. Study on health and safety of underage jockeys - Report

    01 May 2010

    The government and the human rights organizations are taking measures on protection of health, safety and rights of jockey children including improvement of legal regulation, identification and addressing of the priority issues faced by these children, cooperation with international and civil society organizations, bringing out the voices of racing couches and jockey children and organizing children¿s forum.


  1. Research findings on the working conditions and occupational health of children and adolescents engaged in work in carpentry, stone carving and traditional textile production

    01 December 2009

    Child labour is a major concern of international organizations and many countries around the world. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO)'s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour, considerable differences exist between the many kinds of work children do. Some are difficult and demanding, while others are more hazardous and even morally reprehensible.

  2. Child labour baseline survey - conducted in Wakiso, Rakai and Mbale Districts, Uganda

    12 October 2009

    The Child labour baseline survey was carried out in the three districts of Rakai, Wakiso and Mbale. This is the first stand alone study on child labour carried out in Uganda. The broad objective of the survey was to collect high quality data on children to facilitate the measurement of the levels and nature of child labour. The data collection was carried out during the months of July and August 2009.

  3. Legislative Compliance Review on Child Labour Laws in Fiji

    01 September 2009

    This report examines Fiji¿s compliance with the ILO Minimum Age Convention, 1973 (No.138) and ILO Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999 (No. 182). Fiji ratified Convention No. 182 in 2002 and Convention No. 138 in 2003. The Employment Relations Promulgation 2007 updated Fiji¿s labour laws and brought them more in line with Convention No. 138 and No. 182, however, there are still major gaps in the application of the Conventions in Fiji¿s laws.


  1. Child labour, education and health: A review of the literature

    19 November 2008

    This paper reviews the rapidly-expanding literature on the relationships between child labour, education and health. With the renewed interest in child labour as an economic and social problem, researchers have attempted to assess its linkages to the core elements of human capital, hoping to solve continuing riddles in development policy and improve the quality of life for the world¿s poorest and most disadvantaged inhabitants.

  2. Sampling for household-based surveys of child labour

    15 October 2008

    This manual presents a wide range of sampling techniques for household-based child labour surveys with a particular emphasis on sampling design and selection procedures. It is meant to assist survey professionals in statistical offices, universities and research organizations. Many of the concepts and approaches introduced by the Manual are illustrated with examples from SIMPOC child labour surveys conducted in all major world regions.


  1. The end of child labour: Within reach

    01 June 2006

    The fight against child labour in the world continues to be a daunting challenge, but this Global Report provides evidence that a breakthrough could be in the making. We are beginning to see an encouraging reduction in child labour – especially its worst forms – in many areas of the world.