Social norms govern how we behave in all the different communities that we move within and between. As the response to COVID-19 has altered how we live, the pandemic has influenced many norms around child rearing, from compulsory mask wearing, to physically-distanced grandparenting to hand washing. Plus the social norms affecting caregiving are shifting too. In your community, think about who is responsible for educating children since schools closed. Or what about the social norms affecting how kids can play together once the lockdowns or stay-at-home measures are lifted?
We asked Mark Canavera, the co-director of the Care and Protection of Children Learning Network, at Columbia University to unpack this huge topic for us. He discusses child protection and social norms and how they influence each other with Hani Mansourian, the co-coordinator of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.
Take a look at the technical note on working with communities to keep children safe here.
Mark also mentions the African Movement of Working Children and Youth in the podcast. Take a closer look at the movement here.
For the rest of the resources related to child protection and COVID-19, please go here.
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This interview was recorded on the 3rd of June, 2020.