Publications and resources

Key publications

  1. 2015 World Report on Child Labour

    World Report on Child Labour 2015

    Paving the way to decent work for young people

    The second volume of the ILO World Report on Child Labour series highlights the close linkages between child labour and good youth employment outcomes, and the consequent need for common policy approaches to addressing challenges arising in countries where both child labour and youth unemployment prevail.

  2. Report

    Ending child labour in domestic work and protecting young workers from abusive working conditions

    Within the framework of the two ILO fundamental conventions on child labour and the recently adopted instruments on decent work for domestic workers, this new report sets the scene for a better understanding of child labour in domestic work.

  3. World Report on Child Labour 2013

    Economic vulnerability, social protection and the fight against child labour

    How can we reduce child labour in the less favourable circumstances of a global economic slowdown? This new report is the first in a series to be published annually by the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour.

  4. Global report

    Accelerating action against child labour. Report of the Director-General, International Labour Conference, 99th session, 2010

    In its 2010 Global Report on child labour, the ILO said that the global number of child labourers had declined from 222 million to 215 million, or 3 per cent, over the period 2004 to 2008, representing a “slowing down of the global pace of reduction.”

Research and statistiques

  1. Global estimates and trends 2000-2012

    Marking progress against child labour

    This is the fourth issue of the ILO’s report series: Global Estimates on Child Labour. The present Report provides new global and regional estimates on child labour for the year 2012 and compares them with the previous estimates for 2000, 2004 and 2008.

  2. Report

    Global child labour trends 2008 to 2012

    The latest trend report provides new global and regional estimates on child labour for the year 2012 and compares them with the previous 2008 estimates.

  3. Report

    Joining forces against child labour - Inter-agency report for The Hague Global Child Labour Conference of 2010

    A report by UCW programme calls for child labour to be placed at the forefront of national development agendas and presents a range of evidence indicating that child labour constitutes an important impediment to national development.

  4. Understanding Children's Work

    The Understanding Children’s Work (UCW) programme is an inter-agency research cooperation initiative involving the International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNICEF and the World Bank.

  5. More resources at the CHILD LABOUR STATISTICS Section

Training material

  1. Training manual

    Implementing The Hague Roadmap: Training guide for policy makers

    ILO launches practical guide for policy makers and practitioners to contribute to achieving the goal of eliminating the worst forms of child labour.

  2. Training manual

    This resource material considers the links between tackling child labour and promoting Education for All.

  3. Guidelines

    Children formerly associated with armed forces and groups. “How-to” guide on economic reintegration

    This Guide provides operational and detailed guidance to design and implement the economic component of reintegration programmes for children formerly associated with armed forces and groups and other conflict-affected children.

Good practices

  1. Education

    Good practices in tackling child labour through education - Selected examples from the IPEC TACKLE Project

    The objective of the TACKLE project was to contribute to the withdrawal of children engaged in child labour and to prevent further entry of children into employment by offering them alternative education and training opportunities and thereby contributing towards poverty reduction.

  2. Hazardous work

    Practices with good potential - Towards the elimination of hazardous child labour

    This publication outlines the problem of hazardous child labour and highlights possible solutions.

  3. Good practices on child labour 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.

Legislation & Policy

  1. Guidelines

    Modern policy and legislative responses to child labour

    This guide examines of modern responses to child labour as embodied in policy and legislation.

  2. Policy Note

    Tackling child labour: From commitment to action

    This paper considers the progress that ILO member States are making in the application of ILO Conventions and Recommendations. It draws on two reports considered by the 2012 International Labour Conference: "Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: From commitment to action" and "Giving globalization a human face".

The Programme

  1. Annual Report on IPEC activities

    Annual Report 2014: IPEC action against child labour 2012-2013: Progress and future priorities

    This report provides a summary of IPEC's work during the biennium 2012-2013.

  2. Brochure

    IPEC's strategies and priorities for addressing child labour and its resource needs

    IPEC works for a world free from child labour, with accelerated action against its worst forms.

  3. Brochure

    Major results of ILO work on child labour

    Since the 1990’s, the ILO has led a global effort to raise awareness of the child labour problem, to encourage member States to put in place appropriate legal and policy frameworks, and to ensure that appropriate attention is paid to child labour in wider development policies and programmes.

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