First and foremost, Governments should

  • Pledge not to employ children in any government-related offices, stores, construction sites and in government officials’ residences.
  • Ratify the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, if not ratified.
  • Take every measure to implement the promises made in the ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, if ratified.
  • Vigorously enforce existing laws that prohibit children from being exploited in domestic labor, under conditions such as long working hours, wrongful confinement, no right to attend school, to make friends, or to be with their family.
  • Include domestic child labor as one of the worst forms in the existing laws related to child labor.
  • Include provisions to protect children from being exploited in domestic servitude in the National Action Plan to eliminate child labor.
  • Provide direct support to children released from domestic servitude.
  • Make the commitment to provide the human and financial resources needed to enroll every child in school.

 What Governments can Do

  • Start a full survey of the nature and extent of domestic child labor.
  • Include questions about employing children in homes in National Household Surveys and Census.
  • Establish a National Steering Committee to coordinate the process of eliminating the worst forms of child labor, including domestic child labor.
  • Start the process of consultation with NGOs or workers and employers and other concerned groups to design programs of action against child domestic servitude.
  • Call together an advisory group of women’s organizations and other stakeholders to address the special situation of girls.
  • Start helplines and special complaint procedures against the use of domestic child servants.
  • Make public commitment for civil servants not to employ children in their homes.
  • Make budgetary changes to allocate enough resources to enroll every child in school.

What the Police and Legal Enforcement Authorities can Do

  • Take all measures necessary to crack down on domestic child labour.
  • Identify known places of child domestic labour.
  • Start an immediate investigation into possible areas with child domestic labour.
  • Ensure that all offenders are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

What Governments can Do to inform the Public

  • Prepare a simple summary of existing laws against domestic child labour and distribute it widely in local and regional languages.
  • Start a national public awareness campaign about child domestic labour.
  • Produce and broadcast a series of television ads that denounce the exploitation of children in domestic servitude.
  • Hold workshops to sensitise local leaders on domestic child labour.

What Governments can Do to support Freed Children

  • Increase the capacity of the social welfare system to deal with children rescued from domestic labour.
  • Establish a corpus fund to support the rehabilitation and social integration of children removed from child domestic labour.
  • Consult with social workers and welfare groups on how to properly meet the needs of children released from domestic labour.
  • Provide psychological and physical counseling for freed children.
  • Set up an interim support system to protect children after they hav been released.
  • Direct educational institutions to make special arrangements for the schooling of children who have been or are still working as domestic servants.
  • Target existing vocational training and income generating programs for the family members of these child domestic workers.

What Governments can Do with Other Countries

  • Make ending the worst forms of child labour, including domestic child labour, one of the top priorities for development cooperation.
  • Start a review of development cooperation programs to enhance support for social and economic development, poverty eradication and universal education.
  • Increase sufficient funding for basic education schemes.

Source: Global March against Child Labour