Adolescents in hazardous work: Child labour among children aged 15-17 years

Author(s) : Guarcello, Lorenzo; Lyon, Scott; Valdivia, Cristina A
Abstract : The latest ILO global estimates for the year 2012 indicate that both the share and absolute numbers of adolescents aged 15−17 years in hazardous work is considerable, with 47.5 million adolescents aged 15 to 17 years in hazardous work, accounting for 13 percent of this age group. These stark numbers underscore the urgent need to address hazardous work among adolescents. Hazardous work during this crucial period of young persons’ lives poses immediate threats to health and safety and can create huge barriers that impede a young person from transiting successfully to adulthood and working life. The policy implications are equally clear: national policies should be directed towards removing youth from hazardous jobs or towards removing the hazardous conditions encountered by youth in the workplace. Alongside these efforts, removed youth and other educationally-disadvantaged youth should be afforded second chance learning opportunities to improve their future prospects of securing jobs meeting basic decent work criteria. This Report assesses the degree to which adolescents are exposed to hazardous conditions in the workplace, the nature of the hazards they face, and the sectors and occupations in which hazardous conditions are most common. Differences between male and female adolescents are looked at each of these areas, in order to provide some initial insight into the gender dimensions of adolescent hazardous work. It makes use of surveys from the ILO Statistical Information and Monitoring Programme on Child Labour (SIMPOC), national labour force surveys, School- to- Work Transition (SWT) surveys and other data sources from a set of developing countries.
Year : 2016
Country : Senegal, Bhutan, Rwanda, Indonesia, Togo, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nigeria, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Honduras, Zambia, Uganda, India, Uruguay, Brazil, Guinea, Jamaica, Nepal, Bolivia, Jordan, El Salvador, Mexico, Samoa, Egypt, Kyrgyz Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Central African Republic, Lao PDR, Niger, Moldova, Yemen
Publisher : UCW Programme
City Of Publication : Rome
Source : UCW Working Paper Series


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