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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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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>

Child Labour news, Dec 2017

In October 2017 Alyson and Lotte from the Child Labour Task Force visited Turkey for the second time. The aim of the mission was to work with inter-sector programme managers and case management staff to identify opportunities to strengthen the child labour response in Turkey. The global Child Labour Task Force will continue its support in early 2018 by developing a Child Labour Resource Package and providing a Training of Trainers to members of the national Child Labour Technical Group in Ankara.

The report of the Regional Child Labour Consultation Workshop in MENA region (August 2017) is now available. Resources can be requested at the Child Labour Task Force Leads, Lotte and Insaf.

In 2018, ILO and Plan International will be finalising the global Child Labour in Emergencies toolkit based on field-testing in 2017. A Regional Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Child Labour in Emergencies Toolkit will also be developed, based on documented lessons learned, good practices and programme evidence in preventing and responding to child labour from the MENA region. If you have documented good practices to share, please contact the Child Labour Task Force leads.


Webinar: Child Labour Toolkit

On behalf of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action’s Child Labour Focal Point, we are pleased to host the webinar ‘Child Labour in Emergencies: Introducing the New Interagency Toolkit’.

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Preventing and responding to child labour in emergencies is a core part of the mandate of the global Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR). Since 2015 the Child Labour Task Force of the Alliance, has been collecting good practice and developing global guidance to support practitioners address child labour in their humanitarian programmes. In 2016 the Interagency Toolkit on Protecting Child Labourers in Emergencies (field testing version) was published and disseminated.

The toolkit is being field-tested throughout 2017, and this will be the first in a series of webinars to develop and support a global community of good practice for those implementing activities to address child labour in emergencies.

The webinar introduced the toolkit and its key features/guidance, as well as the piloting process. There were field examples of how the toolkit has been applied, and a discussion / Q&A.

  • Introduction to the toolkit and pilot process (Alyson Eynon)
  • Plan International using the toolkit to design assessment methodology (Lotte Claessens)
  • Using the toolkit to develop coordinated interagency and multi-sector strategy (Alyson Eynon)


If you have any further questions about the toolkit or webinar, please contact Lotte Claessens and Alyson Eynon via: Lotte.Claessens (at) plan-international.org and alysoneynon (at) hotmail.com

Child Labour news, Feb 2018

Between January and March 2018, the Task Force co-leads agencies International Labour Organization and Plan International, together with the International Organization for Migration are revising the Child Labour standard, as part of the CPMS revision process. The Task Force members will review a first draft in February.

Field-testing of the Child Labour in Emergencies toolkit was completed in December 2017. The task force began collecting feedback collection in January 2018. A total of 94 practitioners have completed the feedback survey. In addition 15 key informant interviews will be held to collect more in-depth feedback on the guidance and tools. The finalized Child Labour in Emergencies toolkit will be available in mid-2018.
In February 2018, the Child Labour Task Force will welcome new members including local actors from Turkey and Uganda.

Child Labour news, March 2018

Join us in welcoming our new members, as of January 2018: Advocacy for Child Relief Uganda and Ghiras Foundation Turkey. On 2 March, the Child Labour Task Force hosted a webinar on Child Labour in Emergencies for ECHO in Brussels, presenting the Child Labour toolkit and workplan 2018-2020. The Child Labour Task Force is currently working with UNICEF Turkey to develop Child Labour information packages for a variety of actors as well as tailored tools for frontline workers. In May, Plan International on behalf of the Child Labour Task Force, will visit Turkey for the third and final time to roll out the new tools and resources in partnership with UNICEF Turkey.

Child Labour News, May 2018

From 21-25 May 2018, the Child Labour Task force visited Turkey for the third time. Sector-specific child labour information packages and tools were presented and finalized with input from Child Protection, Education, and Case Management specialists. With this visit, a one-year technical collaboration between Plan International and UNICEF Turkey comes to an end. The collaboration started in 2017 to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian responders in Turkey to address child labour. The Task Force would like to thank Iraz Oyku Soyalp and Gorkem Guner from UNICEF Turkey for their inspiring leadership and thank all frontline responders in Turkey for their dedication to addressing child labour in Turkey.

Contact: cltf@alliancecpha.org

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