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Faith Gordon; Hannah Klose; Michelle Lyttle Storrod
Serious concerns for the safety and well-being of children and young people are multiplying due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has called for children’s urgent release from prison. Evidence demonstrates that incarceration can aggravate existing health conditions and result in new health issues, such as depression, suicidal thoughts and post-traumatic stress disorder. This paper draws on findings from a larger study involving 25 qualitative interviews with policy makers, practitioners and researchers working in youth justice and utilises Victoria in South East Australia as a case study.
Karmen Toros; Keidy Tart; Asgeir Falch‑Eriksen
Christina M. Rodriguez; Shawna J. Lee; Kaitlin P. Ward (et al.)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have predicted that the social
and economic effects of the ongoing pandemic will have a significant
impact on the well-being of families with children and adolescents in
Latin America and the Caribbean. Even before the COVID-19 crisis,
children and adolescents were already a highly vulnerable population
group, suffering a higher incidence of poverty than other age groups and
affected by numerous inequalities in various dimensions. Not only does
the current emergency threaten families with the loss of their
livelihoods and a drop in their incomes, children and adolescents also
face significant barriers in securing access to health care —including
vaccination schemes— and to education. Thus, they are also at a higher
risk of falling behind or dropping out of school, as well as at risk
from food insecurity and threats of violence or physical punishment. It
is therefore urgent to invest in children and to ensure their
development in a context characterized by adversities old and new.
Elizabeth Johnson Avery; Sejin Park
Johanna Caldwell; Ashleigh Delaye; Tonino Esposito (et al.)
Sheila Ramaswamy; Shekhar Seshadri
Suzanne Clulow; Nikoleta Dimitrouka; Iván Zamora Zapata
The purpose of this paper is to share anecdotally how the pandemic is affecting children, families and some of the frontline local services that support them across three continents.Three members of family for every child across three continents detail some of the day-to-day challenges they are facing in their work with children and families as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
As this report makes clear, it is not just COVID-19 that is exacerbating global inequality; the world’s unjust economic response to COVID-19 will deepen global inequality for at least a generation. The most marginalised and vulnerable have been left to fend for themselves and millions of children will pay the price with their lives, unless we act now. In the short term, we need immediate action to ensure the most marginalised have their fair share of the global response. At the United Nations, world leaders must review the dreadful damage done by COVID-19 to the world’s poorest communities and realise they have faced the heaviest burden. Leaders must come together and agree a global package to help low income countries and ensure the most vulnerable to the crisis receive at least some support.
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