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WHAT IS CHILD LABOR?

Child labor refers to any work performed by a child that:

  • Subjects the child to economic exploitation;
  • Is likely to be hazardous;
  • Interferes with the child’s education;
  • Is harmful to the child’s health; and
  • Disrupts the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.

CHILD LABOR and CHILD WORK: What’s the difference?

CHILD LABOR

CHILD WORK

Work is burdensome; too heavy for child’s age and capabilities. Work is appropriate to child’s age and capabilities.
Workplace poses hazard to child’s health and life. Workplace is kept safe and child-friendly; does not pose hazards to child’s health and life.
Very long hours of work; limited or no time for school, play or rest. Work is for the limited period only; child can still go to school, play or rest.
Work is unsupervised or supervised by abusive adults. Work is supervised by responsible and caring adults.
Work is limited or no positive rewards. Work justly compensates child materially and psychologically.
Child is forced by circumstances or by coercive individuals to work. Child is working voluntarily to help augment family income or develop family enterprise.
Child is subjected to psychological, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse. Child’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being are nourished even in the work environment.
Work is excluded from legislation, social security and benefits (e.g. SSS, health and hospitalization, etc.). Work is regulated by law or governed by family/ community norms and values.
Work is utilized for exploitative, subversive or clandestine operations or disguised illegal activities.

Work serves as vehicle for social advancement and improvement in child’s quality of life.

Child Labor- The Facts Copy

POLICIES AND PROGRAMS RELATED TO CHILD LABOR

For more information on Child Labor in the Philippines, go to www.clkss.org.ph.

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