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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
Open this folder and view contents3. Improving the knowledge base on child labour
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
close this folder8. Awareness-raising
Open this folder and view contentsINTRODUCTION
close this folder8.1 THE MESSAGE
View the document"Action against child labour can be taken now"
View the document"Prioritize the most harmful, often invisible, forms of child labour"
View the document"Positive action and international cooperation are needed"
View the document"Tradition cannot justify the exploitation of children"
View the document"Prevention is better than cure"
View the document8.2 THE AUDIENCE
View the document8.3 MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
View the document8.4 THE NEED FOR A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY
View the documentAppendix 8.1 Informing the public
View the documentAppendix 8.2 Popular theatre as an effective communications tool
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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"Prevention is better than cure"

Rescuing and rehabilitating child victims is an expensive and difficult task. For some, the damage and trauma are so severe that it might be impossible for them to rejoin their communities or to become modern citizens. Thus prevention is not only desirable from a cost point of view, but also a humanitarian necessity. Preventing children from engaging in work is the most cost-effective measure because sustainable and long-term results in the fight against child labour will be achieved only when new generations of children are effectively prevented from entering work. The results of preventive measures are in many cases not immediately visible, which can make them less attractive in political terms. Moreover, to be more than superficial they must deal with the root causes of the problem. This may require scrutiny of the social fabric of society and an exposure of inequalities and vested interests.

Given that many countries do not have the infrastructure and resources to immediately undertake large-scale rescue and rehabilitation programmes for all child labourers and to enhance income generation for parents, the priority should be on the immediate prevention and removal of children from the worst forms of child labour and a step-by-step time-bound national programme of action to progressively eliminate all child labour.

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