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Publications and resources

Key publications

  1. World Report on Child Labour 2017

    Ending child labour by 2025: A review of policies and programmes

    First edition (2017)
    Second edition (2018)

    The international community has declared that the persistence of child labour in today’s world is unacceptable and, in the Sustainable Development Goals, has renewed its commitment to eliminating all forms of child labour by 2025. This report aims to contribute to that endeavour by offering an analysis of trends and an evidence-based discussion of policy solutions.

  2. 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.

Research and statistics

  1. Global Estimates of Child Labour 2017

    Results and trends, 2012-2016

    The Global Estimates of Child Labour 2017 present the scale, prevalence, and key characteristics of child labour in the world today.

  2. Methodology of the Global estimates of child labour, 2012-2016

    This report explains the methodology used to arrive at the Global Estimates of Child Labour 2017 and provides a detailed analysis of results and trends.

  3. 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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