Care during COVID-19
COVID-19 has brought with it both risks and opportunities related to children’s care and protection. Risks that hard-fought child welfare reforms could be undermined and the political will to prioritise transition into family-based care may disappear. Opportunities to highlight the importance of planned closure of institutions, to develop high quality family-based alternative care, and to support kinship carers and care provision for children on the move.
Care during COVID-19 is a space for local civil society organisations involved in children’s care to engage on emerging issues related to COVID-19 response and recovery, and work together to help protect hard-fought gains in children’s rights. This community aims to facilitate discussion and learning exchange, as well as identify common issues, advocacy opportunities and programmes to pilot to support children and their families during the pandemic.
The community focuses on the care spectrum, including:
- Children in Families: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought stressors for families that could lead to family separation. Let's discuss solutions for enabling safe and caring families, and preventing family separation, in the context of COVID-19.
- Children in Alternative Care: Learning and sharing ideas and resources on how to support and protect children in a range of alternative care settings, and the unique challenges and considerations that COVID-19 brings.
- Children outside of care: Share ideas on steps to prevent children from living outside of adult care, and in the interim, how to support and protect children without the appropriate care.
- Other care-related issues and updates: Share any piece of general information about care-connected issues and COVID-19, as well as information on country updates and emerging child protection issues
Join Care During COVID-19 to start contributing to this community, as we work to protect and move forward children’s rights during the pandemic.
Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
The Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility (Global CP AoR) and Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action have partnered to organise and facilitate this Community of Practice (CoP) to provide a safe, online space for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA) practitioners to communicate. Family for Every Child supports this initiative via the Changemakers for Children platform.
This community is for CPHA practitioners to connect and communicate; share updates and resources, and improve coordination to reach better protection outcomes for children. It includes the Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA) and the Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG) groups.
Approximately one in ten children around the world live in kinship care. This form of care is both the most widely used and the most valued option for children who cannot be cared for by their parents. Yet it is also neglected by policymakers and practitioners, placing children at great risk.
Kinship caregivers are often expected to look after children with no or minimal support, and greater emphasis is placed by many governments on more formalised forms of care outside of children’s families. The failure to support kinship care exposes already highly vulnerable children to further risk, including mental health problems, poverty, discrimination and exploitation.
This is why we have launched this community of practice to support practitioners to raise awareness of the issues associated with kinship care; share knowledge; help evidence the benefits, and solve problems by further identifying support needs and how we can overcome challenges.
Lived Experience Platform
The Lived Experience Platform is an online space for those who value the lived experiences of children and young people without parental care - it provides a forum for a global community to come together to strengthen our practice and support each other.
Changemakers for Children is committed to promoting better and more participatory decision making about children’s care. It’s part of what we do and who we are. Now, we want to take that a step further through the launch of the Lived Experience Platform, a community of practice on Changemakers for Children aimed at bringing the voices of those with lived experience to the forefront of care reform.
RISE Learning Network
The RISE Learning Network promotes and facilitates learning around prevention and response to sexual violence against children.
Sexual violence against children has devastating long-term impacts on children’s physical, mental and reproductive health and social wellbeing, as well as their education and ability later to find work and safe relationships in supportive communities. It can leave them stigmatised, ostracised, without support or choices and vulnerable to further exploitation. Improving outcomes for children affected requires a holistic, flexible and individualised response.
The RISE Learning Network aims to increase knowledge and strengthen practice and policy by developing an open, vibrant, locally accessible global learning network.
Prevention of Domestic Violence Against Children
The UN has described domestic violence against women as the ‘shadow pandemic’, as it has increased since COVID-19 arrived.
We believe it’s vital to extend this to consider how domestic violence affects whole families, including children. It is thought that, during the first three months of the pandemic, up to 85 million more girls and boys worldwide may have been exposed to physical, sexual and/or emotional violence.
Join this community of practice to connect with other professionals, share knowledge and access resources on preventing domestic violence.
(Re)Integration of Children on the Move
The Community of Practice for the project brings together professionals with an interest in the integration and reintegration of children on the move, especially between the Middle East and Europe. The Community will be a space for the exchange of ideas and knowledge on the issues related to integration and reintegration, providing a forum for individual organisations to demonstrate and share good practices, and enable peer to peer support opportunities for ongoing professional development.
The overall goals of the Community of Practice are to:
- Encourage the development and extension of specialist knowledge relating to the (re)integration of children on the move, between and within the Middle East and Europe.
- Support the development of practical guidelines/toolkit to support the integration and reintegration of children on the move.