It is rarely ever questioned that working children, often denoted by the term 'child labour', represents an inherently exploitative practice that must be brought to an end. However, sustained analysis of the kinds of action carried out to this end, along with the effects on those it is meant to help is minimal. Whilst taking care not to downplay the economic exploitation of children globally, Okyere and Howard’s article titled ‘Are we really saving the children?’ goes against the grain by challenging the reader to think through and critique a number of problematic assumptions at play within the dominant discourses and interventions aiming to ‘abolish’ child labour.