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Drawing on empirical data from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Bangladesh, this paper examines intra-household relations, and the roles and responsibilities of children in this context. The findings offer several contributions to current debates and approaches in child protection. First, there is a need for greater recognition of intergenerational interdependence both within households among children and their parents, and outside among wider networks in the community. Second, children’s work is revealed as having a protective function within these relationships. In the absence of economic improvements and external assistance, communities, which include children, remain a major resource for child protection.

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