Archivos argentinos de pediatría
versión impresa ISSN 0325-0075
CUTRI, Adrián et al. Child labour: a social problem that we are committed to. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2012, vol.110, n.4, pp. 350-358. ISSN 0325-0075.
Child labor is a complex problem that violates the fundamental rights of children and affects their psychophysical development. Child labor affects 215 million children in the world and 115 million perform activities defined as the "worst forms of child labor". Most child labor is in agriculture (60%), where the majority are unpaid family workers, compared to 26% in services and 7% in industry. Argentina has adopted the abolitionist position, promoting prevention and eradication within an inclusive public policy aimed to all children can exercise their rights. The Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría endorses this approach and proposes a course of action: the health team training, and dissemination of the risks of child labor and occupational teenager safety standards. As pediatricians we must be involved in defending children rights, and be able to detect any situation of child labor, and protect the health of children and adolescents. The joint interaction with family, community and other sectors of society will strengthen the network needed to implement child labor erradication policies.
Palabras clave : Public policy; Child labor; Health care team; Children rights.