Work of looking after the physical, psychological, emotional and developmental needs of one or more other people.

Additional notes and information

Care recipients are generally identified as infants, school-age children, people who are ill, persons with a disability, and elderly people.                                                                            

Care providers typically include public and private health services, state-regulated or public-sector social workers, public or private care-provider agencies, enterprises of employment, voluntary and community organisations, faith-based organisations or networks, and relatives and friends. Different settings and modalities of care work apply to each of these categories.


International Labour Organization – ILO (2007). ABC of Women Workers’ Rights and Gender Equality.