Child Rights in China


China has the second-largest child population at 271 million, representing 14% of the world’s children. Impacted by both China’s rapid economic growth and important policy reforms, China has made significant progress in education, health, gender equality and child poverty, continuously improving the situation for migrant workers and the rural population. 


Nevertheless, special attention from the private sector is needed to ensure a balanced socioeconomic development, both in order to ensure protection for the most vulnerable groups such as young workers, migrant worker parents and their children, and children who dropped out of work and as a result enter the labour market early. This coupled with the often untransparent hiring practices and widespread use of labour agents, creates risks for companies that they need to address. 


An estimated 15.5 million children are left behind by their parents who migrated to coastal provinces for work in China’s manufacturing hubs. The separation can cause significant strain on family relationships, parent wellbeing and children’s development, as well as direct business impact. And while we observe a positive trend of more and more parents bringing their children with them, this often means loose access to the community support systems and challenges in accessing quality childcare and education.


Youth who are out of school and over 16 can struggle to find decent work and integrate into the formal workforce and are often pushed into more informal and less safe working positions, increasing the risk of child labour, including hazardous working conditions for young workers.


In addition, the size of China’s labour force is shrinking; creating a strong, reliable and well-skilled labour force is of essence for companies who want to continue to benefit from China’s advantages as a production country.  Companies therefore need to take a strong child rights-based approach to create responsible, family-friendly and child-friendly supply chains in China.

Supporting You in China


The Centre has a strong team in China, which is our first programme country. We have staff based in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing as well as Changsha and are delivering child rights programmes across a broad range of industry sectors across the country. Many of The Centre’s well-established services and products such as migrant parent trainings, young worker trainings and child labour prevention and remediation were piloted in China. As with all countries where we operate, our focus in China is delivering services that support workers and their families whilst also delivering business benefits for participating factories and farms.  All of the services that The Centre offers are available in China. 


Browse Our Work in China

VF Corporation Video Highlights 'WeCare' Family-friendly Workplace Achievements in China
24/05/2021 | Project updates
VF Corporation Video Highlights 'WeCare' Family-friendly Workplace Achievements in China
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Young Worker Support Programme for Coffee Suppliers in China
21/05/2021 | Project updates
Young Worker Support Programme for Coffee Suppliers in China
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“The Investment has Paid Off” – An Interview with Morning Light on Two Years of Running a Factory-based Child Friendly Space
17/05/2021 | Stories
“The Investment has Paid Off” – An Interview with Morning Light on Two Years of Running a Factory-based Child Friendly Space
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How and Why Otto Group is Supporting Parent Workers in its China and Turkey Supply Chain
17/05/2021 | Project updates
How and Why Otto Group is Supporting Parent Workers in its China and Turkey Supply Chain
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How the Pandemic has Affected Migrant Parent Workers’ 2021 Chinese New Year Travel Plans
11/02/2021 | Stories
How the Pandemic has Affected Migrant Parent Workers’ 2021 Chinese New Year Travel Plans
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Factory Interview: “If We Don’t Continue, it’ll Impact the Employee Turnover Rate”
20/11/2020 | Stories
Factory Interview: “If We Don’t Continue, it’ll Impact the Employee Turnover Rate”
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Impact and Achievements of the 2020 Child Friendly Spaces Programme
01/11/2020 | Project updates
Impact and Achievements of the 2020 Child Friendly Spaces Programme
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“There are Always More Solutions than Difficulties”: An Interview with a Factory on their Child Friendly Space Programme
22/09/2020 | Stories
“There are Always More Solutions than Difficulties”: An Interview with a Factory on their Child Friendly Space Programme
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2020 Child Friendly Spaces Tracker - Weekly Highlights from China's Family-Friendly Factories
01/09/2020 | Project updates
2020 Child Friendly Spaces Tracker - Weekly Highlights from China's Family-Friendly Factories
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The Centre Releases a New Study on Migrant Parents and COVID-19 in China’s Export Manufacturing Industry on Dec. 15
15/12/2020 | News
The Centre Releases a New Study on Migrant Parents and COVID-19 in China’s Export Manufacturing Industry on Dec. 15
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19 Factories Opened Child Friendly Spaces in Summer 2020 to Support Parent Workers
01/09/2020 | News
19 Factories Opened Child Friendly Spaces in Summer 2020 to Support Parent Workers
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Watch: UN RBHRF Session on the Role of Business in Mitigating the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Workers and Families
11/06/2020 | News
Watch: UN RBHRF Session on the Role of Business in Mitigating the Social Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Workers and Families
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Stressed, Worried and Broke: How Covid-19 is Impacting Migrant Parent Workers
10/04/2020 | News
Stressed, Worried and Broke: How Covid-19 is Impacting Migrant Parent Workers
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Showcasing Effective Solutions for Parent Worker Wellbeing in China’s Factories (Date TBC)
31/03/2020 | Events
Showcasing Effective Solutions for Parent Worker Wellbeing in China’s Factories (Date TBC)
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Responsible Recruitment Webinar Survey Sheds Light on Post-COVID 19 Challenges and Risks in China’s Supply Chain
25/03/2020 | News
Responsible Recruitment Webinar Survey Sheds Light on Post-COVID 19 Challenges and Risks in China’s Supply Chain
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K-Group: Day Care for Children Enabled Chinese Migrant Families to Spend the Summer Together
25/11/2019 | News
K-Group: Day Care for Children Enabled Chinese Migrant Families to Spend the Summer Together
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Podcast: True Impact Through Social Sustainability, One Factory at a Time
22/08/2019 | News
Podcast: True Impact Through Social Sustainability, One Factory at a Time
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