During the webinar on the technical note on the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following answers and replies were shared. We have cataloged the Q&A on this page for easy reference.
- Key links and resources
- Languages and translations
- Inquiries for more resouces on child protection during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Questions about remote support
- Questions about MHPSS
- Questions about parents and caregivers
- Questions about violence, abuse, neglect and stigma
- Questions about Alternative Care
- Questions about Case Management
- Questions about Gender Based Violence
- Questions about Health
- Questions about Education
- The Technical Note: https://cpie.info/COVID19Note
- The Alliance’s series on child protection during COVID-19: https://www.alliancecpha.org/en/series-of-child-protection-materials/protection-children-during-covid-19-pandemic
- The Brief: https://alliancecpha.org/en/child-protection-online-library/briefing-note-protection-children-during-infectious-disease
- Child Protection during an Infection Disease Outbreak Guideline: https://alliancecpha.org/en/child-protection-online-library/guidance-note-protection-children-during-infectious-disease
Q: Where can I find Child Protection resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic in Spanish?
A: Resources prepared by the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AACecEtG84ZmUHeZWJwhNFePa/COVID%2019/Spanish?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
Q: Where can I find Child Protection during the COVID-19 pandemic resources in French?
A: Resources prepared by the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AAAJhFAHSYuiCzeOdsuo-Hkxa/COVID%2019/Fran%C3%A7ais?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
Q: How can I help with translating Child Protection during the COVID-19 pandemic materials?
A: Contact COVIDemail@example.com
Q: How can request or suggest more Child Protection during the COVID-19 pandemic resources from the Alliance?
A: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How can I get more resources on Child Protection during the COVID-19 pandemic from the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR)?
A: Contact the CP AoR Help Desks for recommended resources or suggested examples relevant for your context and needs.
- Global Help Desk: email@example.com
Q: How can Child Protection actors support young people who do not have access to internet during this time?
A: Radio Programming is an option. Also, taking a cross-sectoral approach by integrating child protection programing into other sectors such as health, WASH, nutrition and education.
Q: How can we support adolescent heads of households (e.g. including providing visual communication messages rather than writing messages)?
A: Need to develop
Q: Psychosocial Support (PSS) counseling is not culturally common or accepted in all contexts, so having hotlines or remote PSS would not be effective. What is your suggestion regarding providing PSS?
A: You can take an indirect approach by strengthening caregiver environments and integrating PSS into other sectors. Work with government to create child-friendly approaches and do advocacy. Refer to Standard 10 of the CPMS.
Q: How can we ensure that we remain protected while engaging with children and families and how we can prevent accidentally infecting others, including children while trying to help?
A: Resources for caring for self and staff:
Q: Which child protection strategy is more relevant in COVID-19 pandemic, given that most of the COVID-19 deaths reported are occurring in the age group 35 years and over?
A: Working with governments and across sectors; especially Health, WASH, Nutrition and Education sectors. Refer to section 2 in the Technical Note: https://cpie.info/COVID19Note
Q: Have the WHO Psychological First Aid (PFA) Guidelines been adapted for COVID-19 in the same way they were for the Ebola outbreak?
A: The PFA guidelines can be found at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AACDsIZz7dRfqC1uGXov35Qua/EVD?dl=0&preview=PFA+during+Ebola+Outbreak_EN.pdf&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
Q: What materials are available for PSS?
A: Resources available:
- CP AoR drop box for MHPSS and Communication with children: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AAA6xYUKNS_GiE-x1nF8kW9Ma/COVID%2019/MHPSS%20and%20Comm.%20with%20Children?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
- Another resource: https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring
Q: How can we support parents and caregivers?
A: Refer to CPMS Standard 16: https://alliancecpha.org/en/CPMS_home
- Save the Children: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/be-best-parent-you-can-be-why-positive-discipline-works
- Tips for talking with children are featured in this dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/42zlz7wxaiuz2jn/AABwm27DLqItTsdJlGn_uvGta/MHPSS%20and%20Comm.%20with%20Children?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
- CP AoR: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AABl1mYkzBZIXv4sJOLwT29Ja/COVID%2019/Parenting%20Supports?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
- www.familybasedsolutions.org at you can continue the discussion at Why Family-Based Solutions on Facebook
Q: Did the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) have any experience related to the diversion of children in light of COVID-19 that you can share?
A: Activities for children during isolation: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/42zlz7wxaiuz2jn/AADit84F1HhFTviY1j-L0dvna/Activities%20for%20Children%20during%20Isolation?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
Q: What strategies can be used to reach out to children at risk of neglect, abuse and exploitation when in lockdown?
A: All response strategies developed should be informed by local expertise and lessons learned from engaging on these issues in the local context.
- CPMS Standards 8 and 9 https://alliancecpha.org/en/CPMS_home
- Also refer to part one of the IDO Guidance https://alliancecpha.org/en/system/tdf/library/attachments/cp_during_ido_guide_0.pdf?file=1&type=node&id=30184
Q: How can support adolescent head of households (e.g. including providing visual communication messages rather than writing messages)?
A: Some guidelines that you can use to support caregivers can be found in the CP AoR Dropbox.
This includes parenting tips:
In some response contexts, home psychosocial kits are being distributed with tip sheets for parents on what they can do to support their children, how to cope themselves, and some basic toys and/or art supplies.
Q: Are there some materials already developed specifically on stigma prevention?
A: Refer to Standard 18 in CPMS. See also:
- ICRC and IFRC have published information on stigma prevention.
- UNICEF also has a document:
Q: What resources are available for residential care?
A: Refer to standard 19 in the CPMS. https://alliancecpha.org/en/CPMS_home
- CP AoR has resources for residential care: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AACX2ZZodnM8Kpr_CsGkD09Va/COVID%2019/UASC_Alt.%20Care_Quarantine%20Facilities?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
- Annexed guidance notes are also being prepared on child protection in alternative care in the context of Covid-19, and on children in detention in the context of Covid-19. These are in development and it is anticipated they will be ready to share early April. The process is being coordinated by UNICEF.
Q: Are there critical CP interventions for large number of internally displaced women and children in the COVID-19 outbreak?
A: The Alliance will be hosting another webinar with information on refugee and displaced populations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Q: What are resources to accommodate the need of separated and unaccompanied children during lockdown period?
A: Refer to standard 19 in the CPMS. https://alliancecpha.org/en/CPMS_home
- Activities for children during isolation: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AADlEJWYWxgazlbeSqWUU_F0a/COVID%2019/Activities%20for%20Children%20during%20Isolation?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
- CP AoR has resources for children in residential care: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3l4129sc00v6pa2/AACX2ZZodnM8Kpr_CsGkD09Va/COVID%2019/UASC_Alt.%20Care_Quarantine%20Facilities?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
Q: Do you have a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for case management during pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks?
A: Refer to standard 15 from CPMS.
- There is also some guidance regarding case management and COVID-19 that was developed by the CP sub-cluster in Iraq. It is on the resource menu that the CP AoR has developed. Follow the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/42zlz7wxaiuz2jn/AACORnYH1C-WjuOK0N3ggZp0a/Case%20Mgmt.%20in%20Disease%20Outbreak?dl=0&subfolder_nav_tracking=1
- There are also a few examples from Iraq, Lebanon, and the GBV prevention and response area (but please note that these country examples complement existing CP CM SOPs); https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0d6sy37010rsyeh/AADq8iZgSHhWItFtfSOVtpS-a?dl=0
Q: What resources are available regarding risks of GBV and the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: Home confinement and isolation can drastically exacerbate the risks of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), particularly for girls and adolescents. Refer to standard 9 in the CPMS.
- Resources on Remote GBV Service Delivery: https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/GBV-Mobile-and-Remote-Service-Delivery-Guidelines_-final.pdf
Q: Governments from different countries are taking different approaches with regard to COVID-19. What is our common view on this?
A: The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) include key guidance on collaboration with the Health and other sectors in Pillar 4. CPMS available here: https://alliancecpha.org/en/CPMS_home
Q: Have messages been developed for health workers?
A: See the Health Sector
Q: Is there guidance developed for educational institutions?
A: School guidance that was referred to on the webinar:
Q: Is there guidance on child protection related to remote/web-based schooling, such as for unsupervised conversations between teachers and children; one-to-one teaching lessons; consent to what is shared and privacy of data?
A: You can check the education sector. Also refer to CPMS Standard 23
There are also resources available through:
- Interagency Network for Education Emergencies: www.INEE.org
- Think You Know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
- Australian e-Safety Commissioner: https://www.esafety.gov.au/