Responding to the worst forms of child labour in emergencies

Global Protection Cluster - Child Protection


The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) is the global forum for coordination and collaboration on child protection in humanitarian settings. Commissioned by the CPWG Child Labour Task Force, this review aims to document what humanitarian and child protection communities know about the WFCL in emergencies, and what we are doing to prevent and respond to them.

The review focuses on contexts and forms of labour the humanitarian community knows less about. It aims to ensure that we better meet the needs of, and protect, some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach children affected by emergencies. The review examined and synthesised 215 documents, an online survey which had 45 respondents and telephone interviews with 26 field- and headquarters-based practitioners. The limitations of the review included: the fact that most documents and interviews focused on Asia and the Middle East, and language barriers limited the documents that could be reviewed in Spanish and Arabic. There was a heavy focus on information from international organisations, such as UNICEF, ILO, UNHCR and INGOs. There was very little input from national NGOs and CSOs. Little response was received from people working in clusters other than child protection.

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Global Protection Cluster - Child Protection
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