Recognizing Children's Contribution to Care Work at the Household: the Potential Role of Social Protection in Maintaining Child's Right and Wellbeing

Rachma Indah Nurbani
Conference paper Child Poverty and Social Protection Conference • September 2013

Abstract

For most societies, children involvement in household work and to some extent in community work is considered normal and has become a common practice until now. In fact, this practice is regarded necessary in the development of a child; socially, physically and emotionally, as something that they need to become an adult. Furthermore, it also contributes to the wellbeing of the family, as shown by study of Rama, Sharma and Linda M. Richter (2007). However, despite the benefit it brings, it is also necessary to really look into that practice as most of the time the work done by children is undermined by other people even by family member, and there is concern that children contribution might bring unintended impact on their wellbeing and will further deter the fulfillment of their rights. Concerns are more obvious especially for children from poor family and during economic crises, as their contribution might be higher than children from other families. Based on that, this paper aims to describe the condition of children that are doing household work including caring activities, and see how it will affect their wellbeing and fulfillment of their rights. First, the paper will explore children contribution in the household work; what kind of work they are doing, especially related to unpaid care work, the time allocated for that activities and the likely impact of doing that work to their wellbeing. This paper will also highlight the potential role of social protection in maintaining child's rights and wellbeing in such circumstances.

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