This new Policy Briefing Paper, jointly published by Time to Talk and Young Lives, explores policies and measures to incorporate working children’s views in policy interventions.

Policies, legal frameworks and programmes are far more likely to secure positive changes for children if they engage with the realities of boys’ and girls’ lives. How can policy interventions addressing children’s work better reflect children’s views and lived realities?

The paper includes recommendations for policies and measures to protect children from harmful work in relation to eight issues:

  • Understand why children work,
  • Children’s participation in decision-making,
  • Poverty as cause and a result of harmful children’s work,
  • Education as key to ending exploitation and to support working children,
  • Armed conflicts and environmental disasters,
  • Policies towards children´s work need to be age and gender sensitive,
  • The links between harmful work and violence-affecting children and young people
  • Mixed methods research involving children
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Incorporating working children's views in policy interventions