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Access to Justice for Children in the Era of COVID-19: Notes from the Field

Access to justice is both a fundamental human right and an essential prerequisite for the protection and promotion of all human rights. Children’s access to justice is therefore central to UNICEF’s mandate to advocate for the protection of children’s rights. This rapid analysis documents how UNICEF programming on access to justice for children is shifting rapidly to address the COVID-19 pandemic and its unique impacts on children in the justice system. It highlights additional training that may be needed and areas of opportunity for social service workers to support reunification of children and collaborate with the justice sector to support previously detained children or children in conflict with the law. Looking across all regions and countries where UNICEF operates, this analysis shares innovative and promising practices in increasing access to justice for children.

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