Government social protection systems are essential to fight
poverty and vulnerability, and eradicate and prevent child
Social protection is both a human right and a potent policy
tool to prevent families from resorting to child labour in
times of crisis.
However, as of 2020 and before the COVID-19 crisis took
hold, only 46.9 per cent of the global population were
effectively covered by at least one social protection
benefit while the remaining 53.1 per cent – as many as 4.1
billion people – were left wholly unprotected.
Coverage for children is even lower.
Nearly three quarters of children, 1.5 billion, lacked
Significant progress towards ending child labour requires
increased investment in universal social protection systems,
as part of an integrated and comprehensive approach to
tackle the problem.
Join us and add your voice to the worldwide movement
against child labour.