- In 2008 domestic work was placed as an item on the agenda of the June 2010 International Labour Conference (ILC)
- The conference set up a committee to discuss the need for an instrument, what form it should take and its content
- A consultation process with the tripartite constituents (employers, workers and governments) would follow to begin to establish what the instrument should be
The theory of change behind advocating for the adoption of the Convention was that once in place the Convention would provide international leverage to push for national level policies to protect child domestic workers. As such an ILO instrument would have the potential to impact on the estimated 15.5 million child domestic workers globally. Anti‐Slavery International as one of two INGOs (alongside Human Rights Watch) that lead on the CDW issue, aimed to engage in the consultation process about domestic work and influence what form the instrument should take. Following the first ILC, and the agreement that it would be a Convention and a recommendation, advocacy focused on influencing the content of the Articles and ensuring that they represented the needs of child domestic workers.