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Is there a national policy on child labour? When was it established? Who was the lead agency advocating for the policy? Which agencies participated in its formulation? What were the concerns of the various agencies?


What factors led to the policy? How important was the ILO Conventions 138 and 182 to the formulation of the policy? How important was the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?


Is there a minimum age for admission to employment? Does the minimum working age coincide with compulsory age for completion of education?


Does the policy seek to raise progressively the minimum age for admission to employment to the standard set by the Convention No. 138 (age of completion of compulsory schooling not less than 15)?


Does the policy prohibit and seek to eliminate the worst forms of child labour? Does it set out clear stages for the elimination of the worst forms of child labour? Does it have short-term, medium-term and long-term goals?


Does the policy define hazardous work (likely to jeopardize the health, safety or morals of young persons less than 18 years)? Does it identify vulnerable groups or types of work likely to harm the health, safety and morals of children? Does it take special account of the special situation of girls and other children at special risk? Was there consultation with social partners?


Has any special authority been granted to allow persons from 16 years to do hazardous work under special protective measures? Under what conditions?


Does the policy exclude or exempt any categories of employment or work from its application? Has there been consultation with the social partners in this regard?


Has the policy addressed the issue of light work for students under the minimum working age? Has the State determined the activities in which such employment or work may be permitted?


Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

APPENDIX II Questionnaire on Child Labour



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