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Child labour

13 Nov 2015

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
History, Society and culture

Where can I find information on child labour?

LEVEL: Intermediate / Secondary

Child labour refers to work done by children and which is harmful to them, such as work that is dangerous, illegal, or prevents the child from attending school.

A great place to find official information is the The International Labour Organisation they have some good info on this topic.  Click on Regions and Countries to see information on a particular country.

UNICEF has statistics about child labour on one of their sites.  

Another good place to look is the Child Labor Public Education Project.  Here you can find information about the history, causes, laws and other issues surrounding child labour.

EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this. The EPIC resources to look at are Global Issues in Context and Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Note: as these are American based resources you might have to search for the American spelling, ie child labor, to bring up the best results. 

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to AnyQuestions.co.nz between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

You can also search Google by typing the search words child labour into the search box.  Look for sites that have .org or .govt in the address

HOT TIP: The American spelling of the word is labor and the New Zealand / English spelling of the word is labour so you may see a mixture in the results list.  

For more information check out our ManyAnswers entries on Child Labour (Specific Industries) and Child Labour (Benefits and Disadvantages)

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