Top Child-Protection Ideas In The Face Of The COVID-19 Pandemic!
Published On May 27, 2022
Table of Contents
- Protect Your Child During COVID-19 Pandemic
- Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide
- Guarantee access to health and nutrition services and make vaccines affordable and available to every child
- Support and protect the mental health of children and young people and bring an end to abuse, gender-based violence, and neglect in childhood
- Increase access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and address environmental degradation and climate change
- Reverse the rise in child poverty and ensure an inclusive recovery for all
- Redouble efforts to protect and support children and their families living through conflict, disaster and displacement
Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals is slipping backwards, and children continue to pay the steepest price. Without coordinated, global action to prevent, mitigate and respond to the effects of the pandemic, the consequences for children now, and for the future of our shared humanity, will be severe.
Protect Your Child During COVID-19 Pandemic
Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide
At their peak, nationwide school closures disrupted the learning of 91 percent of students worldwide. Marginalized children suffer the heaviest burden: Some 463 million young people were not able to access remote learning during school shutdowns. What’s more, previous shutdowns demonstrate that children who are out of school for extended periods, especially girls, are less likely to return.
Guarantee access to health and nutrition services and make vaccines affordable and available to every child
A child survival crisis looms, with the children at greatest risk of hunger and disease now seeing their already-fragile health and food systems buckle under the strain of COVID-19. A fragmented and inequitable response to both treating and vaccinating against COVID-19 only risks prolonging the pandemic.
Support and protect the mental health of children and young people and bring an end to abuse, gender-based violence, and neglect in childhood
The world is waking up to the extent – and lasting impacts – of child abuse and neglect. But the COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated violence, exploitation, and abuse as children are cut off from key support services while simultaneously suffering the additional stress placed on families in turmoil. Girls are particularly vulnerable, with child marriage and adolescent pregnancy already on the rise.
Increase access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and address environmental degradation and climate change
COVID-19 may not have been directly caused by climate change, but there are strong linkages pointing to environmental degradation as a common underlying risk factor. Unreliable access to safe water due to changes in climate also limits people’s ability to practise life-saving hygiene measures like handwashing. Our vulnerability to this pandemic has only underscored the risk of not taking immediate action to protect against environmental degradation and climate change.
Reverse the rise in child poverty and ensure an inclusive recovery for all
The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 threatens to hit children the hardest, with the number of children living below their national poverty lines expected to soar by 140 million by the end of the year. Economic crises are often followed by cuts to government spending, including on programmes for children. If the world repeats this pattern in the wake of COVID-19, poverty and deprivation among children will continue to rise, even after the immediate crisis has waned. An inclusive recovery plan is imperative to prevent countless more children from reaching levels of poverty unseen for many years.
Redouble efforts to protect and support children and their families living through conflict, disaster and displacement
Even before the pandemic, 2020 was set to see more people than ever in need of humanitarian assistance. COVID-19 has compounded the vulnerabilities of migrant, displaced, and refugee children, as well as those living in crisis-affected countries. And whether the result of active conflict or new pandemic restrictions, it is becoming harder to reach the most vulnerable children with essential and life-saving services. COVID-19 must not become an excuse to divert attention from these children.
As we continue to navigate this rapidly evolving situation, it is essential to stay informed on the latest news, updates and resources about the virus and its effect on children.