Research report - National Child Labour Action Programme for South Africa (1).doc

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7. Department of Health (DH) Policy measures requiring the attention of the above institution, as provided for in the CLAP, are collated below. Cross-refer to the number of the action step in the main text for a discussion of the background. (17) The requirements for reporting worst forms of child labour in existing law should be assessed to ensure that government agencies servicing children must report potentially serious cases of child labour, including trafficking, to the appropriate institution. This should be coupled with training of officials in these agencies on what to look out for. Lead institution: DSD. Affected departments: DH, DrSD, DL, DrE, DHA. New policy? Yes. Once off costs: moderate. Recurrent cost: moderate. Time line: To be introduced within two years of adoption of policy. (27) Officials of DrSD, DH, DL, DrE and DHA should be trained in ways of detecting other potentially serious cases of child labour and what action to take when it is found. Lead institution: DSD. Affected departments: DH, DrSD, DL, DrE, DHA. New policy? Yes. Once off costs: moderate. Recurrent cost: moderate. Time line: To be introduced within two years of adoption of policy. (102) Training children, parents, teachers, trade unions and employers on (a) occupational safety and health, including regulations issued in terms of (100), children's rights and general resources available, and (b) also training subsistence farmers on the hazards of subsistence farming, and the guidelines drawn up in terms of (101). Lead institution: DL; Secondary institutions: DE, DSD, DH and NGOs. New policy? Elaboration of existing policy. Once off cost: minimal. Recurrent cost: minimal to moderate. ILO funding: cover the cost of developing a strategy and the necessary material. Time line: within three years of adoption of policy. (107) Work-related diseases, or injuries of young people, or identifying of factors in the workplace which have the potential to cause harm are correctly diagnosed and treated by health workers. Health services need to be accessible, not only in terms of geography and hours of operation, but also in terms of social accessibility – language, attitudes, etc. This will require close collaboration with the DH. Lead institution: DL. Secondary institution: DH. New policy? No, existing policy. Once off cost: moderate. Recurrent cost: moderate. Time line: within four years of adoption of policy. (117) Research should be done to determine the extent of child-headed households and AIDS orphans, and the effect that HIV/AIDS is likely to have on child labour, and to make recommendations regarding appropriate action. Lead institution: DSD; Secondary institutions: DL, DH*. New policy? Regarding child labour and child-headed households – elaboration of existing policy. Once-off cost: moderate. ILO funding: full research costs. Time line: to start within two years of adoption of policy.
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