Measuring child well-being

Readers' Views No 296, Q3 2013
OECD Observer

When household resources are scarce, children become breadwinners, young girls are married, etc. It is obvious to take into account the child's rights in the well-being measure.

However, a question arises: are children dependent individuals or under the parental control? Child vulnerability is also related to the vulnerability of their families.

Bolivian working children have organised a trade union to protect them from parental and employer exploitation. Access to justice and social and economic rights, and having a voice could also be included in the child well-being analysis.

—Gaëlle Ferrant, posted on

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