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UK government commit to tackle modern slavery and child labour

In a speech at the UN General Assembly, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Secretary of State Penny Mordaunt MP has announced a range of new initiatives that will improve understanding of the factors that drive modern slavery and the worst forms of child labour and develop innovative interventions to counteract them.

The programme “Tackling the drivers of modern slavery and child labour: A child centred approach” will be funded by the UK Department of International Development and led by the Institute of Development Studies, IDS will be working with partners across the sector to identify ways in which we can increase children’s options to avoid engagement in hazardous, exploitative labour. In addition to IDS the core partners are Terre des hommes, ChildHope; Consortium for Street Children; the Ethical Trading Initiative; and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The programme will focus its work around three target countries – Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal and will be built upon a large-scale action research process.There will be four key strands of work which are:

  • Innovations in targeted social protection.
  • Building children’s agency and child-led coalitions.
  • Supporting positive family dynamics and social norms.
  • Revealing and reducing harm in supply chains

Jill Healey, Executive Director, ChildHope said:

No child should have to sort through toxic waste on rubbish dumps to earn enough to survive. There are alternatives to this kind of exploitation and we are determined to work with children themselves to create much more positive futures. We are delighted to be working with this group of dedicated organisations to find workable solutions to modern slavery.”

To read more about our work supporting children affected by modern day slavery and child labour, click on the related projects below.

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