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Act Now: Experiences and recommendations of girls and boys on the impact of COVID-19

In this report, children and young people share the impact that COVID-19 has had on their lives. It concludes by making several recommendations and calling for increased funding and policies for services and actors in the areas of child protection, MHPSS  and social protection.

Social Work during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Initial findings

During 2020, social workers were operating in new circumstances resulting from the global spread of the Covid-19 virus. The pandemic, and the restrictions implemented to control it, impacted on every area of our lives. As part of its response, BASW conducted two surveys exploring the impact of...

Prioritising Children, Adolescents & Caregivers Affected by HIV in the COVID-19 Response - Policy briefing

This policy brief is for global donors and policy makers. It sets out what global policy changes are required, based on the latest evidence related to children and adolescents affected by HIV, and those working alongside them.

Health Workforce Policy and Management in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response - Interim guidance

This guide consolidates COVID-19 guidance for human resources for health managers and policy-makers at national, subnational and facility levels to design, manage and preserve the workforce necessary to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and maintain essential health services. The guide identifies...

mhGAP Community Toolkit: Field test version

This toolkit has been developed as part of WHO’s mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP), which aims to ensure that people with mental health conditions receive high-quality, evidence-based mental health services that promote human rights, dignity and equity. It also aims to achieve universal...

Modelling the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Violent Discipline Against Children

This study estimated the anticipated effect of COVID-19 on violent discipline at home using multivariable predictive regression models. This study is motivated by concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic has potentially increased children’s risk of experiencing violence. The pandemic has led to the...

What Works to Protect Children on the Move

This rapid evidence assessment synthesized findings from 89 studies of interventions to protect children on the move to consolidate key findings while highlighting evidence gaps and data needs. The findings and suggestions are particularly relevant for policymakers and those working in social...

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...

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...

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