As many as 1.5 billion children have lost precious weeks and months of educational progress. Millions of particularly vulnerable children – migrants and refugees, the poor, those affected by violence and exploitation – are being exposed to even higher levels of risk during the pandemic. According to the UN's policy brief on COVID-19 and children, "There are three main ways children are affected by this crisis: infection with the virus itself; immediate socioeconomic impacts of measures to stop transmission of the virus; and longer-term effects of delayed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals."
UNICEF Innocenti is mobilizing a rapid research response in line with UNICEF’s global response to provide the evidence needed to scale up rapid assessment, develop urgent mitigating strategies in programming and advocacy, and to prepare interventions to respond to the medium and longer-term consequences of the COVID-19 crisis.
Social protection for families and children: considerations for a post COVID-19 response Comparative research on expected social protection changes in different regions from efforts to protect children from health and financial impacts.
The importance of children's internet access during COVID-19 Analysis of new data from Global Kids Online and EU Kids Online networks on children accessing health information online, and child ability to verify the truth of online information.
Estimating the impact of COVID-19 on violence prevalence Three data sources will be analyzed to estimate the impact of COVID-19 on the prevalence of violence: big data and social media; helpline data; existing nationally representative data sets (MICS, DHS).
LONG TERM PROJECTS
Learning from COVID-19 on providing continued education for all in times of school closures
Children’s experiences and views of COVID-19
COVID-19 lessons on providing assistive technology to persons with disability in humanitarian response
Pandemics and child protection, a rapid review A review of literature to support evidence needs for COVID-19 child protection response.
Epidemiology of COVID-19 among children and adolescents Review of evidence on child and adolescent epidemiological patterns/health outcomes and interactions with other co-morbidities and vulnerabilities.
Review of emerging evidence on child and adolescents’ mental health in the context of COVID-19 Review of emerging evidence, interventions, and lessons to inform policy and programmes on children, families, and communities during COVID-19.
A review of emerging evidence and implications for programmes and policy. An open, searchable evidence repository of scientific evidence related to children and COVID-19.
Ethical issues in the use of digital technology for contact tracing and surveillance Exploration of the opportunities and risks of collection and use of personally identifiable data on children to support COVID-19 policies.
From the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, insights on helping families and children cope
Just as the coronavirus outbreak reached its peak in the Italian province of Lombardy a group of health care professionals, many with Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo, published a short commentary which caught the attention of staff at the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in Florence. Their simple message: COVID-19 was decimating their whole town and therefore required a completely new way of fighting the disease and its multiple side-effects ripping through their community.
Read our blog with lessons learned on how to help children and families from one of the hardest-hit cities in the world.
In order to speed research and knowledge outputs and commentary into the public sphere the Evidence For Action blogs of UNICEF Connect and UNICEF Innocenti Think Pieces will be published on a continual basis. Both UNICEF Innocenti experts and leading external researchers and writers will frequently publish on these fora. The aim is to feed research commentary into global pandemic discussion and planning efforts for children.
A wide variety of research - rapid reviews, preprint papers, expert commentary and peer reviewed reports - is being released on a daily basis in an effort to rapidly build knowledge and evidence about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. UNICEF Innocenti will continually update this space with a selection of the best and latest contributions that are relevant to COVID-19's impact on children. Research writings presented here may not be endorsed by UNICEF.