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Child Protection and COVID-19 Resource Hubs

24 Mar 2020
The Alliance

List of Relevant Resource Hubs


Better Care Network 

The Better Care Network lists a number of guides and resources as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to child protection and children’s care. They include resources and tools related to child protection, care, nurturing development, separated children, children with disabilities as well as webinars, guides and frameworks, reports and technical notes.

Link: https://bettercarenetwork.org/library/particular-threats-to-childrens-care-and-protection/covid-19/child-protection-for-covid-19

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CP AoR Child Protection Resource Menu for COVID-19

The CP AoR Help Desk has created a dropbox folder with collected global, regional, and country-level resources for COVID-19. They have provided numerous resources that include general guidance, key websites, caregiver and risk information, mental health information as well as educational resources and how to operate child friendly spaces.

Link: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/library/child-protection-area-responsibility-cp-aor-child-protection-resource-menu-covid-19

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EmbraceRace provides information related to children and COVID-19 relevant to families with preschool and school-aged children. They provide basic guidance on what states have to offer as well as how to protect yourself and family. They include resources to answer common questions and how to protect children’s well being as well as educational resources that can be shared with children.

Link: https://www.embracerace.org/resources/recommended-covid-19-resources-for-children-and-families

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End Violence

End Violence has provided a resource page on Covid 19 daily, which contains the latest resources to protect children and families from violence as well information related to the outbreak. They include the latest evidence, data and information to protect children from COVID-19 and related risks of violence. They also provide six one page tips  for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

Link: https://www.end-violence.org/protecting-children-during-covid-19-outbreak

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Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch provides a brief section how to ensure children’s educational needs are taken care of. They explain the value in using online learning platforms to complement normal contact hours in classrooms for homework, classroom exercises, and research, and many students have access to technological equipment at home. 

Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/03/19/human-rights-dimensions-covid-19-response#_Toc35446583

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Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)

The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) has provided a number of resources that provide information and guidance on children and COVID-19. These include frameworks and guidance on child protection, tips on having age appropriate conversations with children, risks that could cause children to be separated from their parents during the COVID-19 outbreak, educational resources, guidance for prevention and control in schools as well as tips for parents to protect children at school.

Link: https://inee.org/collections/coronavirus-covid-19

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The Mental Health and Psychological Support Network (MHPSS)

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network (MHPSS) provides specific guidelines and links to resources for parents with school aged children to assist parents in knowing how to talk to their children about COVID-19. They have included a poster with messages to provide psychological support to children during the COVID-19 emergency which has been designed to be shared on Facebook and other communication platforms. They have also included a technical note on child protection during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Link: https://app.mhpss.net/resources/

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Save the Children

Save the Children provides a number of steps that we can take to lower the risk of transmission and to stay healthy. They have developed a set of materials specifically for parents and children to inform about COVID-19 which have been recommended by their experts. Materials range from child-friendly books and cartoons to instructional materials for caregivers on how to speak to their children.

Link: https://resourcecentre.savethechildren.net/spotlight/covid-19-information-and-guidance

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UNICEF provides a number of resources providing guidance on child protection to provide clear and actionable guidance for safe operations through the prevention, early detection and control of COVID-19 with children. The guidance, while specific to countries that have already confirmed the transmission of COVID-19, is relevant in all other contexts. They include a set of educational materials specifically for parents and teachers that inform them about how to talk to children about COVID-19 as well as educational resources. Materials range from child-friendly books and cartoons to instructional materials for caregivers on how to speak to their children. 

Link: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19-resources-practitioners

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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

The United Office on Drugs and Crime has created the Online Zoo which is an initiative to support children’s education during the COVID-19 Pandemic to raise awareness of online risks as well as to encourage reinforcement of children’s roles in ensuring their own protection. It aims to encourage children with positive messages about how to deal with the different challenges they face online. The book is available in several UN languages.

Link: https://www.unodc.org/e4j/en/primary/fun-corner/the-online-zoo.html

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