ILO convention and other Acts that work towards eradicating Child Labour from Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, the law defines children as beings below the age of 18 years, and stipulates that all children must attend school until they reach the age of 14 years.
Thereafter they are conditionally eligible to enter the labour market. Sri Lanka has signed and ratified ILO Convention 138 on the Minimum Age for Employment and C182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
However serious issues exist with regard to the gap between 14 years and 18 years, during which many children are either trafficked or enter the hazardous labour sector, the effects of which can be harmful to their health, morals and safety.
Hazardous child labour is defined by Article 3 (d) of ILO Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, 1999 (No. 182) as: (d) Work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.