Dear Colleagues and Friends:
Now that we are almost three months into this global pandemic, we wanted to share with you some updates. But before we do so, we would like to thank you all for your hard work and engagement to help protect children in the face of the challenges COVID-19 and other recent events has brought upon the world. And doing so, when many of you are dealing with difficult personal dilemma, including childcare and education, additional stress and uncertainty about the future.
Now to some of the exciting updates from the Alliance:
The Alliance has just dropped a new podcast called Protected! You can find the COVID-19 edition on SoundCloud and iTunes. The first three episodes are available, focusing on MHPSS, adolescent programming in the Middle East and refugee child protection in East Africa within the context of COVID-19. Expect more to come in the weeks ahead.
The Alliance has also released version 2 of the technical note on the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we went into the revision process with a light edit in mind, it has been substantially re-written in light of the changing nature of the COVID-19 response. We strongly encourage you to take a look and send feedback on this and other technical resources that has been developed through the Alliance. The feedback form can be submitted here.
To accompany the main technical note, there are annexes with more detailed guidance to support adaptions to and development of issue-specific child protection responses in the context of COVID-19:
• Technical Note: Adaptation of Child Protection Case Management to the COVID-19 Pandemic
• Establishing and/or Managing Child Helplines
• Programming for Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups
• Working with Communities to Keep Children Safe
• Preventing and Mitigating Child Labour
• Protecting Children from Violence, Abuse and Neglect in the Home
• Promoting Social Service Workforce Safety and Wellness during the COVID-19 Response
• Managing Children in Alternative Care Situations
• Protecting Children Deprived of their Liberty
Feedback on any and all of the above guidance materials can be submitted here.
We are also collecting case studies on emergent practices, challenges, and lessons learned related to child protection responses during COVID-19.
We thank you again for accompanying us through these difficult times and hope to have more updates for you soon.
Audrey and Hani
On behalf of the Alliance Secretariat