3.4 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INTERVIEWING CHILDREN
Children are key informants on questions about "terms and conditions" and the "effect(s)" of their working situation on them. They may not be able to judge whether their well-being is damaged or will be damaged, but they can - if willing - give a description of their experiences and feelings.
The obvious way of collecting this information is by interview. A standard context for research interviews is the household-based surveys. But for reasons already explained, it is impossible to conduct in-depth interviews with child workers inside an employer's workplace (or premises). The atmosphere is wrong, the time-frame is wrong, the employer may be obstructive; the child is most unlikely to be forthcoming and - fearing repercussions from the employer - may even give answers which please the employer, especially if the employer is present at the interview. This may also be true even at the household level, which makes it important to interview the child alone, particularly away from his/her parents or so-called "guardians". However, contacting the child when and where he/she is completely alone may not be so easy.
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