How can we help stop child labour?
In 2016, about one-in-ten children (152 million in total) aged 5 to 17 were engaged in child labour worldwide, many of them as unpaid family workers in agriculture. Nearly half of the children in child labour were in hazardous work and exposed to serious health and safety risks.
Sustainable Development Goal target 8.7 aims to eradicate child labour in all its forms by 2025. To meet this goal, countries must adopt policies that strengthen social protection, improve education, and foster technological advancement. This will reduce both the supply of and the demand for child labour.
See more from this new OECD Policy Brief on Child Well-Being (February 2019).