Child domestic workers secondary school education pack

Developed by Children Unite and Anti-Slavery International

It is estimated that millions of children around the world work as domestic workers in employers homes, cooking, cleaning, ironing, looking after young children and caring for the elderly. In many countries children work from as young as seven-years-old.

They are hard to reach not only because they work behind the closed doors of their employers’ homes, but also because they are perceived as being safely looked after by another family.

The following set of lesson plans explores the world of child domestic workers, highlights their day-to-day experiences, brings to light their voices, their hopes and dreams for their present and future. Activity sheets enable students to learn and empathise with children in child domestic work, as well as using their own skills to lobby decision makers to protect children from abusive and exploitative conditions of child domestic work.

Introductory Information for Teachers:

Teacher Info Sheet (84.16KB)

Child Domestic Workers Photos (2131.66KB)

Lesson One:

Secondary Lesson Plan 1 (1702.65KB)

Child Labour Quiz (53.53KB)

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Sheet (50.35KB)

Working Children's Charter (47.74KB)

Lesson Two:

Secondary Lesson Plan 2 (73.62KB)

Case Studies Of Child Domestic Workers (54.59KB)

Worksheet 2 (15.63KB)

Lesson Three:

Secondary Lesson Plan 3 (75.96KB)

What Child Domestic Workers Want (36.76KB)

TV Interview Template (21.08KB)

Lesson Four:

Secondary Lesson Plan 4 (60.39KB)

ILO Domestic Workers Convention (3948.00KB)

Obstacles and Solutions Worksheet (87.02KB)

Lesson Five:

Secondary Lesson Plan 5 (69.51KB)

Campaign Action Sheet (169.92KB)

Planning a school campaign (60.89KB)

Petition Template (43.24KB)

MP Meeting Template (34.65KB)

"I wake up at 4am to collect water. Then I wash the dishes, clean the clothes and cook. Sometimes at 8 or 9pm I still haven't gone to bed". Mecheleine (above), Child Domestic Worker, Haiti
©Pete Pattisson /

children in school in Haiti

Domestic workers in the Philippines are often not allowed to leave the house and are restricted from contact with their family and friends.