COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. As we continue to navigate this rapidly evolving situation, it is essential to stay informed on the latest news, updates and resources around the virus and its effect on children. As a global partnership, we are here to share the latest evidence, data and information to protect children from COVID-19 and the related risk of violence.
COVID-19 is having both short-term and far-reaching implications for our families, friends and colleagues. It also has an impact on our work, and will affect the achievement of our shared vision of a world without violence against children. As the virus continues to spread across the world, we are all facing multiple new stresses, including physical and psychological health risks, school and business closures, family confinement, isolation and economic vulnerability. Through all of that, children are particularly vulnerable.
For example, high-stress home environments will increase the likelihood of domestic violence and abuse that children either experience or observe. As children continue to spend time at home, they will undoubtedly live more of their lives online -- and adults working remotely could more easily connect with children and consume child sexual abuse material. In addition, over time, economic vulnerability may lead to increases in child labour, child marriage and many other child protection issues.
On End Violence's new COVID-19 page, you will find resources to protect children, protect yourself, and stay informed of the latest information on COVID-19.
Please check this page regularly to access a continued stream of resources as the situation evolves. If you would like to share resources with the End Violence community, please send them to Elissa at firstname.lastname@example.org.