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close this bookAction Against Child Labour (ILO; 2000; 356 pages)
View the documentPreface
Open this folder and view contents1. National policies and programmes
Open this folder and view contents2. Towards improved legislation
close this folder3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
View the documentINTRODUCTION
close this folder3.2 BASIC RESULTS
View the documentHousehold survey
View the documentEstablishment survey
View the documentSurvey of street children
View the documentThe time-use approach
Open this folder and view contents3.3 RECOMMENDATIONS ON CONDUCTING SURVEYS
Open this folder and view contents3.4 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INTERVIEWING CHILDREN
View the document3.5 FURTHER RESEARCH
View the documentAppendix 3.1 List of detailed variables in child labour surveys
View the documentBibliography on child labour surveys, statistics and related matters
Open this folder and view contents4. Alternatives to child labour
Open this folder and view contents5. Strategies to address child slavery
Open this folder and view contents6. Strategies for employers and their organizations
Open this folder and view contents7. Trade unions against child labour
Open this folder and view contents8. Awareness-raising
Open this folder and view contents9. Action by community groups and NGOs
Open this folder and view contents10. Resources on child labour
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Household survey

The household-based survey has been found to be the most effective means of investigating the child labour phenomenon in all its facets. It does, however, exclude homeless children who live and work on the streets, with no fixed place of usual residence. As a result the data obtained through household surveys did not include information on such children who might have been working on the streets, although the number of such youngsters would be relatively very small in most countries. Nonetheless, since such children are among those who usually encounter the worst situations, a separate survey had to be designed and tested, and is described further in this section.

In the household-based survey, the best rime to visit the sample households was found to be late afternoons or early evenings. While finding an adult respondent was relatively easy in the daytime, there was difficulty contacting the children themselves in the households during the daytime and proxy informants tended to be unreliable, especially concerning certain questions or variables.

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