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Camilla Fabbri; Amiya Bhatia; Max Petzold (et al.)
The COVID-19 pandemic could increase
violence against children at home. However, collecting empirical data
on violence is challenging due to ethical, safety, and data quality
study estimated the anticipated effect of COVID-19 on violent
discipline at home using multivariable predictive regression models.
Quraish Sserwanja; Joseph Kawuki; Jean H. Kim
Globally, COVID‐19 lockdown measures have exposed children to more sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Although the COVID‐19 pandemic is likely to have long‐lasting adverse psychological effects on children, there have been comparatively few studies on children's health as compared with adults, particularly in low‐income countries. Uganda implemented one of the most stringent lockdowns with bans on transportation and gatherings as well as the closure of schools, stores and places of worship. In order to address the dearth of information in less developed regions, the article aims to provide an insight into the increased cases of child abuse in Uganda during the COVID‐19 pandemic.
Josaphat Tchetan Awo
The crisis affecting the Lake Chad Basin is one of the most severe humanitarian emergencies in the world, having displaced more than 2.4 million people, half of whom are children. Most are internally-displaced but this number also includes refugees and returnees. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, people living in humanitarian contexts are particularly vulnerable to the pandemic and will continue to feel the post-pandemic impacts. For people living in areas with weak health systems, disrupted social support networks, and ongoing conflict and instability, the coronavirus is an additional crisis that they have to face and adapt to. Within this population, youth face increased vulnerability. Youth groups however, provide a critical voice for accountability at the community, state/district and national level. In addition, most youth groups tend to be self-led, volunteer-based, internally-funded and informal with little to no structure. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on nations’ economies, the pressure for economic survival is heightened for this group who already face bleak employment or income generation prospects. Beyond the impact on youth as individuals, there’s a threat to their ability to contribute to community building through youth groups, as their focus shifts to economic survival. This report seeks to highlight the effects of the pandemic on young people, and how they are facing their future.
Rebecca Lundin; Benedetta Armocida; Paola Sdao (et al.)
Rebekkah Bernheim; Karina Padilla; Micah Branaman-Sharma
With COVID-19, many children, especially the girl child, have been affected. In this report, children and young people are telling us about the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives, in their families and on their communities and their recommendations to stay safe, healthy and help to fight the further spread of the virus. Children and young people from around the world shared examples of violence at home, child labour, child marriage, online risks and violence in their communities. They, supported by World Vision, are calling on their governments and the international community to support their advocacy and awareness-raising activities and include them in planning the response and reconstruction.
Karina Padilla; Rebekkah Bernheim
Sheila Ramaswamy; Shekhar Seshadri
Henrietta H. Fore
The emergence of COVID-19 as a global pandemic has disrupted the daily lives of children and families around the world, with impacts both immediate and likely long-lasting. Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, the international community recognized violence against children to be both universal and widespread, affecting children in every country, regardless of wealth or social status. We also know that girls and boys experience violence across all stages of childhood, often at the hands of trusted individuals with whom they interact on a daily basis. Sadly, most child victims never disclose their experiences of violence to anyone or seek help. Now, several months into the pandemic, researchers across the globe are attempting to find out how the health and socioeconomic crisis brought about by the coronavirus is affecting children’s exposure to violence.
Carmit Katz; Noa Cohen
Dafna Tener; Amitai Marmor; Carmit Katz (et al.)
There is consensus in child sexual abuse (CSA) literature that intrafamilial child sexual abuse (IFCSA) has a tremendous impact on children and families while simultaneously creating challenges for practitioners. COVID-19 impacted countries worldwide and generated a global crisis resulting in impacts on daily life, however, it’s effect on IFCSA is unknown. This study aimed to compare professional perspectives and experiences working with IFCSA with respect to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic within the United States and Israel.
This research explores how the pandemic is impacting the lives
of boys and girls. A cross-sectional observation design was
developed with the application of convenience sampling at the country
level and aggregation of all samples at the regional level (762 girls
and boys ages 11–17 from World Vision private or grant funded
programmes). The survey took place in June 2020. Quantitative
results were complemented with findings from key informant
interviews with 130 children ages 13–15.
Carmita Abdo; Eduardo P. Miranda; Caroline Silva Santos (et al.)
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