Who recruits children and uses them for military purposes? Children are recruited by state armed forces as well as by armed groups outside government control. However, non-state armed groups (e.g. Al Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Boko Haram, Lord’s Resistance Army) are more likely than states to use children in armed conflict. The Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict 2018 includes details of both state and non-state armed forces which are using children in armed conflict, although the list is not comprehensive. Throughout 2017, the report detailed 56 armed groups and seven state forces as guilty of recruiting and using children in conflict. More information about the global picture on child recruitment and related laws and policies can be found on our Child Soldiers World Index.