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Child Labour: A Public Health Perspective

Anaclaudia Gastal Fassa, David L. Parker, and Thomas J. Scanlon


Child labour constitutes a major public health concern, with estimates that worldwide 110 million children aged 57–14 years are engaged in labour that can be described as hazardous or intolerable. This book examines both the rights oriented and public health perspectives on child labour. A rights approach ensures that exploitative and abusive work is considered not just in terms of a labour market or health rights approach, but also in terms of human dignity and the solutions that preserve the rights of children and communities. The public health approach is steeped in the relationship between ... More

Keywords: exploitative work, abusive work, labour market, human dignity, rights of children, government programmes, poverty, malnutrition, social disadvantage, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558582
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558582.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anaclaudia Gastal Fassa, editor
Associate Professor, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil

David L. Parker, editor
Epidemiologist, Park Nicollet Clinic and Physician, HealthPartners, Minnesota, USA

Thomas J. Scanlon, editor
Consultant in Public Health and Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health, London

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Anaclaudia G. Fassa, David L. Parker, and Thomas J. Scanlon

Part 1 Child labour profile

Part 2 A model of child labour

Chapter 3 A rights-oriented, public health model of child labour

Anaclaudia G. Fassa, David L. Parker, and Thomas J. Scanlon

Chapter 6 Social values and child labour

Virginia Morrow and Jo Boyden

Chapter 7 International law and child labour

David Weissbrodt and Natalie W. Kohner

Chapter 8 Children’s work and children’s rights

Renata M. Coimbra Libório and Silvia H. Koller

Chapter 9 Understanding the health effects of child labour

David L. Parker, Anaclaudia G. Fassa, and Thomas J. Scanlon

9A Work-related injuries

Anaclaudia G. Fassa

9B Pesticide exposure

Ana Maria Osorio

9C Lead

David L. Parker and Lisa Ide

9D Silicosis and silicotuberculosis

Raheela Ayub and David L. Parker


Anita Amorim and Nadine Osseiran

9F Psychosocial and developmental effects

Susan Gunn, David L. Parker, and Mary E. Miller

Part 3 The global response to child labour and its impact: Case studies

Part 4 Conclusions

Chapter 13 Child labour and health: Changing the future

Anaclaudia G. Fassa, David L. Parker, and Thomas J. Scanlon

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