Understanding Children’s Harmful Work: The Methodological Landscape

Roelen, Keetie; Barnett, Inka; Johnson, Vicky; Lewin, Tessa; Thorsen, Dorte and Ton, Giel (2023). Understanding Children’s Harmful Work: The Methodological Landscape. In: Sumberg, James and Sabates-Wheeler, Rachel eds. Children’s Work in African Agriculture: The Harmful and the Harmless. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 52–80.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.51952/9781529226072.ch003

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This chapter details the merits and challenges of a range of quantitative, qualitative, participation and certification methods that have been used to measure and evaluate the extent and impact of children’s work and child labour. The review highlights the paucity in methods to accommodate considerations of children’s harmful work. It proposes a set of research design principles for studying children’s work. The chapter also calls for the use of new and innovative methods, highlighting the need for truly integrated mixed methods as well as more exploratory qualitative, participatory and emergent methodologies.

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