What is Social Protection?

Child labour

"The term “child labour” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. (...) The worst forms of child labour involves children being enslaved, separated from their families, exposed to serious hazards and illnesses and/or left to fend for themselves on the streets of large cities – often at a very early age. Whether or not particular forms of “work” can be called “child labour” depends on the child’s age, the type and hours of work performed, the conditions under which it is performed and the objectives pursued by individual countries. The answer varies from country to country, as well as among sectors within countries." 

Source: ILO. 2017. "What is Child Labour". International Labour Organization website. <https://www.ilo.org/ipec/facts/lang--en/index.htm> Accessed 13 May 2020.