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Social Protection & Child Protection: Working together to protect children from the impact of COVID-19 and beyond

This policy paper seeks to lay out key arguments for close collaboration across Social Protection and Child Protection sectors to address the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on children and families towards reduction of adverse Child Protection outcomes. Children urgently need sustainably...

Moving Towards Children as Partners in Child Protection in COVID-19 Guide from Participation to Partnerships

Although the limitations of promoting children’s participation during COVID-19 are strong, child rights and child protection organizations that serve children should also have an obligation to engage with children. This engagement, which is likely to begin as consultation, will help organizations...

International Kinship Care Guide

This guide is intended as a good practice guide for professionals placing children from local authority care with family members abroad.

Issues and Challenges With COVID-19: Interventions Through Social Work Practice and Perspectives

Social workers are working at all levels - macro, mezzo, and micro - and adjusting their practices by temporarily discontinuing face-to-face services and moving to remote contact with clients, while maintaining the essential human relationships between providers and clients. This article highlights...

Early Childhood Matters - Advances in early childhood development

This resource is a compilation of articles on topics related to early childhood development during COVID-19. The 'Scaling' section explores the implementation of diverse early childhood policies and programmes in different parts of the world and the challenges that must be considered when working...

The Potential of Networks for Families in the Child Protection System: A Systematic Review

There has recently been increased interest in the potential for formal and informal networks to aid interventions with biologic families in helping them achieve reunification in the context of the child protection system. When group support is provided to families, the creation of a network of...

Parental Participation in Child Protection Practice: The experiences of parents and workers in Ghana

Drawing on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with eight child protection workers and 19 parents, this first study of its kind in Ghana reports participants’ experiences of participatory practices. Workers indicated they ensured transparency and diversity while promoting participatory practices...

Linking, Aligning and Convening Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Children: Prevention and Response Services in Uganda’s Refugee-Hosting Districts

This publication details some of the responsive services and needs for holistic support to refugees, including mental health and psychosocial support. Community-based structures, such as para-social workers, child protection committees, and village health teams, play a key role in providing...

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action & INSPIRE strategies: A Guide to Complementarity and Use in Humanitarian Action

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, initially released in 2012 and revised in 2019, and the 2016 INSPIRE seven strategies package to end violence against children both promote similar approaches and principles to ensure that every child can grow up safe and secure. In...

Child Protection: Digital opportunities, challenges and innovations across the Region

In June 2020, the Child Protection section of UNICEF’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) conducted a survey across every country in the Region to find out how governments and partners have been using digital technology to respond to child protection issues during the COVID-19...

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