Work, Care and School in Young Lives: Findings from a fifteen year longitudinal study of childhood poverty
Professor Jo Boyden, Director of Young Lives, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
Dr Virginia Morrow, Research Associate, Young Lives
Dr Keetie Roelen, Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Centre for Social Protection, Institute of Development Studies
Jonathan Blabrough, Children Unite
This November, the IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour will convene to consider progress on meeting the Global Goals target on child labour. Against a background of changing patterns in educational access, labour markets and poverty reduction, up-to-date evidence about patterns of children’s work, schooling and vulnerability is a vital foundation for sound policy-making.
Synthesizing survey and qualitative data gathered directly from children, Dr Virginia Morrow, Young Lives Research Associate, will draw on 15 years of research to explore the changing nature of children’s work in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam. She will describe how children try to manage school alongside their working lives, how gender affects care and work responsibilities over childhood and adolescence, and how children themselves view the positive and negative aspects of their work. Dr Morrow will explore what these findings mean for policy alongside an invited panel of speakers. Her presentation will be based on a report to be published in November. For updates, follow #YLChildwork.
Young Lives is a major longitudinal study of childhood poverty led by the University of Oxford in partnership with national research institutions. Since 2002, it has followed 12,000 children from Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam: the ‘Millennium Generation’. The study has gathered data on how children spend their time – at school, work, rest and play. Alongside data on children’s educational, nutritional and psycho-social outcomes, and qualitative research exploring experiences of work, school and family, the study has developed a rich picture of the changing causes, nature and consequences of children’s work.
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