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Lessons Learned and Recommendations to Strengthen Families and End Institutionalisation for Children in Europe

To maximise the potential of the European Union and realise the vision where no child grows up in institutional care, civil society organisations across EU Member States, pre-accession countries and neighbourhood countries came together under a pan-European campaign: Opening Doors for Europe’s...

Global Status Report on Preventing Violence Against Children 2020

The Global status report on preventing violence against children 2020 charts countries’ progress towards the SDGs aimed at ending violence against children.

COVID-19 and Child Labour: A time of crisis, a time to act

This report outlines the challenges and potential back-slide in progress toward ending child labour resulting from COVID-19. To mitigate the impact and protect children's rights, several key actions and recommendations are outlined, including deeming the social service workforce as essential...

Keeping Children Safe in Uganda COVID-19 Response

This briefing paper by the "Joining Forces" coalition of ChildFund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children's Villages, Terre des Hommes and World Vision details the increasing impacts of violence, GBV and MHPSS on children and issues messages to governments and donors on actions they...

National Responses to Adjust Child Protection Systems (COVID 19)

The Child Protection team in the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) designed a brief online survey to take stock of what national authorities are doing to adjust national child protection systems and services in the Wake of COVID 19. This report aims to synthesize the responses...

Gatekeeping Considerations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Children are at heightened risk of becoming separated from their families during the pandemic. Additionally, spontaneous closure of residential care institutions can result in mass and poorly planned reunifications, often into unprepared families, without monitoring, putting children at great risk...

COVID-19: Protecting Children from Violence, Abuse, and Neglect in the Home

Some COVID-19 prevention measures have abruptly cut children off from positive and supportive relationships they rely on when in distress, including at school, in the extended family, and in the community. Children’s rights to safety and protection as outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the...

Social Service Workforce Safety and Wellbeing during the COVID-19 Response - Recommended Actions

This document is intended to provide guidance on how to support the social service workforce and empower them to safely serve children, families, and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The De-Institutionalization Debate and Global Priority for Childrens Care

Multiple factors stand behind low global priority for children’s care, including the limited power of affected children and families, the issue’s multi-sectoral nature and competition for attention with other social welfare issues. This paper reviews those issues as it relates to prioritization of...

Messages for Governments: Coordinating the Protection of Children during the COVID-19 Response

A coordinated approach is critical to ensure a comprehensive multi-sectoral approach that ensures children are protected in all areas of their lives.

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