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In 2012, a survey among country child protection coordinators showed that child labour had the highest average rating of gravity chosen from all fields of child protection in emergencies. Yet, only 18% of practitioners considered child labour issues were adequately addressed in early response activities. This led ILO and Plan International to establish the global Child Labour Task Force, under the former Child Protection Working Group (CPWG).

The overall goal of the Child Labour Task Force is to ensure practical coordination and collaboration amongst humanitarian responders and development actors at the global level to strengthen quality and coordinated child labour in emergencies preparedness, prevention and response actions at country level, through capacity building of practitioners to use and access to technical tools, and guidance, knowledge management and coordination.

The Task Force will provide a platform to identify and seek to address common challenges in child labour in emergencies programming; providing a collective technical voice on child labour issues in emergencies for other core pieces of work such as humanitarian standard setting, inter-sectoral collaboration, and global advocacy and policy work related to child labour.


  1. Technical tools and guidance: Humanitarian responders have access to and use inter-agency guidance to prevent and respond to child labour in emergencies with a specific focus on its worst forms.
  2. Capacity building: Humanitarian responders have enhanced knowledge, skills and behaviors to prevent and respond to child labour in emergencies with a specific focus on its worst forms.
  3. Knowledge management: Evidence, research, good practices and lessons learned on child labour in emergencies contribute to a better understanding of child labour issues in emergencies and are systematically collected, shared and integrated into policy and practice.
  4. Coordination, policy and advocacy: Linkages between the Child Labour Task Force and the other global platforms and initiatives are established, including but not limited to the global-level Alliance and other Task Forces under the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.

Key resources:

Terms of Reference: Child Labour Task Force
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Workplan: Child Labour Task Force
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Interagency toolkit: Supporting the protection needs of child labourers in emergencies
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Responding to the worst forms of child labour in emergencies: Review
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Contact: Lotte Claessens, Child Protection in Emergencies Advisor, Plan International Sweden <Lotte.Claessens (at) plansverige.org> and Insaf Nizam, Senior Technical Officer, ILO <nizam (at) ilo.org>