Community Registers as a Child Labour Identification Tool
The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) has developed a good practice in which community registers are used to identify children engaged in, or at risk of, child labour in cocoa production. Obtaining official demographic data at the community level is difficult. Thus, community registers are traditionally used to maintain comprehensive records about individuals and households within a community. ICI’s good practice builds on this record-keeping by embedding questions related to child labour and school attendance into community register questionnaires.
ICI’s community registers are implemented by Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) and have been a successful first step in identifying children who are engaged in, or at risk of, child labour. They have also helped to develop accurate population data in cocoa growing communities.