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SP09 - Children and young people’s well-being

Convened by Pedro Goulart (CAPP, ISCSP, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Alberto Posso (Centre for International Development, RMIT University, Australia) and Gianluca Ferrittu (Lisbon School of Economics & Management (ISEG), Portugal)

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Child well-being is essential for achieving shared prosperity at the global level. However, millions of children worldwide are still in poverty, and they are denied universal rights, such as access to health and education. Many of them are also engaged in work activities, often in tasks that are detrimental to their development. Structural change, technological change, deunionisation, and aging populations deteriorate labor market prospects of young people, while global value chains create new occasions for indecent work, such as hazardous child labor.

Children are also likely to pay the higher price of COVID-19, with billions of children that have suffered a loss of education during the pandemic and increasing diagnosed mental disorders. Millions of households have also been pushed into poverty, resorting to more child labor to cope with income loss. Climate change exposes an increasing number of children to health and environmental hazards every day, while armed conflicts disrupt lives and child psychosocial development. Increased displacements and forced migration are consequential outcomes of these dynamics and deserve our attention.

We ask: What is the status of child well-being and child well-being research? What are the next challenges ahead for this topic? Addressing these questions, the Panel “Children and young people’s well-being” invites working papers on a wide range of topics related to child well-being, such as:

  • Conceptualizations of child well-being;
  • Child poverty and inequality;
  • Child work and labor, slavery, and trafficking;
  • Youth employment and unemployment;
  • Education and childcare;
  • School-to-work transitions; 
  • Children and adolescent’s health;
  • Child rights and protection;
  • Child migration and displacement;
  • Climate change and military conflicts resilience of children.

These topics can be approached with contrasting views, e.g. child labor, which are welcome. The panel encourages submissions from across the globe, and particularly from the Global South, to provide a worldwide perspective on these important topics.