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The Contribution Public Finance for Children can Make to Realizing Child Protection Objectives

UNICEF is preparing to draft a new Child Protection Strategy to replace the 2008 Child Protection Strategy (the 2008 Strategy). As part of this process, a number of background technical papers have been commissioned as input to the decision-making. This technical paper explores the contribution...

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.

Child Welfare in the Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic - Emerging evidence from Germany

Focusing on Germany, this article aims to explore some of the effects of the COVID-19 measures on children and families. Furthermore, it examines a number of key challenges for child protection practitioners. These include identifying potential cases of child maltreatment without the support...

Family Support Services in the Context of Child Care Reform: Perspectives of Ghanaian Social Workers

In Ghana, different factors such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, parental and child disability, often lead to children becoming separated from their parents. As part of the current childcare reform, the system is focusing on preventing the institutionalization of children through family support services. ...

The Development of a Computer-based Information System to Inform Social Work Interventions with Unaccompanied Minors

This article describes the development of an information system, built in order to monitor the data gathered in the context of a pilot project for early child protection interventions with unaccompanied minors. The project included multidisciplinary expert teams, that carried out interviews with...

Access to Justice for Children in the Era of COVID-19: Notes from the Field

Access to justice is both a fundamental human right and an essential prerequisite for the protection and promotion of all human rights. Children’s access to justice is therefore central to UNICEF’s mandate to advocate for the protection of children’s rights. This rapid analysis documents how UNICEF...

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...

Guidance for Families to Prevent Violence in Early Childhood in the Time of COVID-19 - Conceptual and Methodological Framework

To address increasing violent discipline and child protection concerns, support services are needed for families that promote young children’s nurturing upbringing while promoting self-care among their primary caregivers. This toolkit contains five main sections with resources for caregivers,...

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