Child Protection and COVID-19: How Child Protection Programming Can Prevent and Mitigate COVID-19 Impacts

Session Date: April 21, 2021

Session Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious risks to the safety and well-being of children, including increased risk of violence, child abuse, exploitation, and neglect; inadequate care; and psychosocial distress and trauma, all with lifelong effects. This session will discuss how preventing and responding to child protection risks helps to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 impacts, thus improving outcomes for children and leading to better health outcomes and economic recovery. Panelists will discuss priority areas to be considered to advance child protection and care during the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises, including integrating child protection interventions in health and other COVID-19 responses, strengthening family and caregiving environments, and strengthening existing child protection and social welfare systems, with focus on children at risk of family separation or those living outside of protective family care.

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