DOI: https://doi.org/10.25128/2520-6230.20.1.4.

SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN STRENGTHENING HOUSEHOLD ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND SUPPORT: BUILDING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS FOR WORKING CHILDREN’S PARENTS

Tracy BE Omorogiuwa

Abstract


Child labour studies worldwide have acknowledged the need to explore how empowering parents could strengthen household means of support. Hence, it is crucial to investigate the ideas that builds sustainable livelihoods of families to recovered child labourers in Nigeria, given the influence on children’s education, human relations, social and holistic development. This study is qualitative and examines the feedback obtained from social workers on social intervention measures that could strengthen household economic development with a view to addressing the problem of child labour. Using the thematic data analysis, the social workers interviewed put forward various elements of a holistic strategy for improving parents or guardians economic status as well as remediating children involved in child labour, which included; schooling assistance and socio-economic development. Hence, recommendations are made that policies and programmes need to be focused on developing and strengthening household economic sustainability. Social workers as service providers should ensure that support measures are significant to responding to clients’ needs.

Keywords


Child labour, households’ economic empowerment, poverty, socio-economic development, social work, sustainable livelihoods

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