Currently, 152 million children are recognised as being involved in child labour. Whilst child labour takes many forms, there is an urgency to eliminate the worst forms of child labour (WFCL) – all forms of slavery, sex work, pornography, illicit activities or work, which by its very nature will harm the health of a child.
CLARISSA works to improve understanding of the factors that drive the WFCL and to develop innovative interventions to counteract them. In the short term these will raise awareness of risks, and of where WFCL exists in the informal and unregulated domains of supply chains, such that stakeholders directly involved in programme interventions, as well as policymakers and other key stakeholders in the child labour programming system, will be motivated to engage in developing innovative solutions.
In the longer term, the hope is that the evidence generated by CLARISSA will move towards the ultimate goal of ending the WFCL and those vulnerable to being drawn into it.