Empower and protect – a better approach to child work
Are adults willing to listen to children on child labour?
Working children have the right to policies informed by their views and best interests
Banning child labour jeopardises working children’s right to survive
Trying to ‘eliminate’ child labour only pushes working children into the shadows
Child labour: a shock absorber for economic precarity
The only way to reduce child labour in low-income countries is to make it easier for households to survive without it
Empower and protect, rather than prohibit: a better approach to child work
Child labour isn’t going anywhere, so children’s safety in work must become the priority
The many faces of child work
The impact of COVID-19 on working children in Buenos Aires
The pandemic has made work for many children more important that ever.
Child workers need rights, not policing, to weather the pandemic
The development community wants to help child workers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, but unless it rethinks...
Open letter: change course on the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour
Child labour will not end in 2021, and trying to eliminate it will only endanger working children further. Over 100...
Listening to working children is a legal obligation – not a choice
If the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour truly seeks to help working children then policymakers...
Trust in our own strength: the African Movement of Working Children and Youth in Senegal
The working children of Senegal have long organised to educate, support, and protect one another from the everyday...
Underage human smugglers: the story behind Mexico’s “circuit children”
Activists and social workers in Juarez are working to understand underage participation in human smuggling and...
Modern slavery, child trafficking, and the rise of West African football academies
Ghanaian football academies have been accused of exploiting talent and promoting trafficking in search of profit,...
Saving the ‘girl child’: the politics of sexual purity and national honour
Representations of girls often place a premium on sexual purity and sexual violation, and nation-states are either...
Supporting working children as social, political, and economic agents
Peru’s movement of working children offers a visionary model for collaborative, caring, and egalitarian communities...
Childhood and Youth
Neil Howard and Sam Okyere
Kristen E. Cheney
Thea De Gruchy, Jo Vearey, and Marlise Richter
Jo Boyden and Gina Crivello
Brenda Oude Breuil
This volume, replete with contributions from world-renowned children’s rights academics and practitioners, argues that the current drive to eliminate all forms of child work often goes against the best interests and rights of the children supposedly being 'protected'.
This happens because what is proposed is politically disengaged, fails to tackle the underlying causes of children’s insecurities, and lacks a thorough understanding of the social, cultural, and economic circumstances surrounding young people’s work.
Combined, the authors featured in this book advocate for an approach to securing child and youth welfare that is more nuanced, context specific, non-dogmatic, politically engaged, and takes young people’s own accounts seriously.
Childhood and Youth is part of the BTS Short Course, an eight-volume set of primers designed to introduce new readers to all the major aspects of the critical discussion on human trafficking and modern slavery.
The wilful deafness of the international system
Open letter from working children to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
After being excluded from the IV Global Conference on the Eradication of Child Labour, working children and...
What’s wrong with the World Day Against Child Labour?
Working children everywhere reject the mainstream anti-child labour paradigm. A major new video campaign tells us why.
A tale of two conferences: exploring the politics of global child labour policies
Two international conferences on child labour were held in South America this fall. In one working children...
Saving the children with songs and light refreshments
If the conversation at the ILO's ‘high level panel discussion on child labour’ had lived up to its name the world...
What we want for children in the global compacts on refugees and migrants
We expect the impact of the initiative to carry beyond the global compacts and to influence the way all children on...
In conversation with Human Rights Watch
A Response to HRW's letter on international minimum-age standards
As the UN considers its position on child labour, a group of academics and practitioners have engaged in open debate...