Since 2018, Child Labour Free Jaipur has been intervening at multiple points throughout the web of events that lead to child labour in workshops, including robust, on-the-ground work by a network of grassroots organisations in source districts in Bihar and destination neighbourhoods in Jaipur. Since large numbers of exploited children are also from local families, CLFJ’s neighbourhood-based strategies are vital to ending child labour.
Photograph: Sharmistha for C&A Foundation 2018
How it works
Repatriating trafficked children back to their homes and ensuring they are not re-trafficked.
After children are rescued from workshops, they stay at temporary shelter homes. Together with the Child Welfare Committee and Department for Child Rights, our local partner organisations then help them to return to their homes in Bihar, where most children come from. If children are simply rescued and returned home, there is a high likelihood they will be re-trafficked. CLFJ works with several local organisations in districts in Bihar, where hundreds of children are returning, to support school re-enrolment, help them with the required documentation needed to access entitlements such as victim compensation and government benefits, to economically stabilise these vulnerable families.
Strengthening partnerships between state governments.
Rajasthan and Bihar state governments are working together at all levels to allow smooth repatriation of children from Rajasthan to Bihar.
Increasing the care and protection of children.
CLFJ is creating child-friendly processes, building robust documentation systems to track children, and working with shelter homes to improve the care and counselling of rescued children.
Building resistance to child labour in local communities.
In order to build the capacity of youth and community leaders, our partners in Jaipur are setting up community centres, holding community meetings, and working together with local residents. CLFJ is helping children enrol in school and helping parents access government services and improve their incomes, so children can stay in school and not work. When communities build awareness and resistance to child labour, they lead the movement to create ‘child labour-free zones’, and reject neighbourhood workshops that use child labourers.
Strengthening systems to increase successful prosecutions against traffickers.
Child labour in workshops is usually the result of human traffickers luring vulnerable community members with the promise of a better life. Because of a lack of awareness and resistance in source communities, and government systems that need strengthening, traffickers operate with impunity. We are working to close the current gaps that have resulted in a lack of successful prosecutions. CLFJ is working closely with law enforcement, judiciary, prosecutors and other child protection stakeholders, which will result in better evidence, stronger cases, and real consequences for child traffickers.
Partnering with leading business champions and industry associations.
Many businesses and associations have already pledged their support to fight against child labour – thereby incentivising other businesses to do the same. By changing business dynamics to shift away from child labour, we are reducing demand.
Developing clean supply chains and increasing child labour free goods.
Introducing child labour free products in the market will empower customers by giving them ethical purchasing alternatives. CLFJ partner, GoodWeave, works with businesses to certify and monitor their supply chains to ensure they are child labour free. CLFJ partner, Access Development Services, works with women workers, in neighbourhoods with high concentrations of child labour, to help them start women-owned social producer companies.
If you’re a business owner
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