ILO Child Labour Statistics

Child labour slated for abolition falls into the following three categories:

(1) Labour that is performed by a child who is under the minimum age specified for that kind of work (as defined by national legislation; in accordance with accepted international standards); and that is thus likely to impede the child's education and full development.

(2) Labour that jeopardizes the physical; mental or moral well-being of a child; either because of its nature or because of the conditions in which it is carried out; known as hazardous work.

(3) The unconditional worst forms of child labour; which are internationally defined as slavery; trafficking; debt bondage and other forms of forced labour; forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict; prostitution and pornography; and illicit activities.

Six basic methods of data collection have been applied to generate child labour statistics and information. Several countries and territories make their Child Labour Statistics available online. Many of the surveys have been sponsored by the ILO's Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour (SIMPOC). Statistics of Economically Active Population by age group (10-14) for some countries are also available from the ILOSTAT database.


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Additional Info

Dataset ID CL
Status Active
Spatial Coverage World
Mode Database
Data Type statistical
Accessed On 2016-11-07
Category international organization

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