Protecting Children During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond: A Report on Child Protection Needs During the Pandemic in Five African Countries.
Joining Forces for Africa. Joining Forces for All Children.
International Resource Technical Report
Published: September 2021
This report presents findings from a study on the child protection needs of children in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, and Uganda during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the study, each country team conducted a needs assessment to provide timely, comprehensive analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on child protection. Each needs assessment was informed by a review of existing information, and includes a strong gender and inclusion analysis. Primary data was gathered through focus group discussions held among children aged 10 to 17, parents and caregivers, through questionnaires for children and adults, and via key informant interviews with community child protection workers, teachers, social workers, NGO workers and other allied services. The information was gathered in the five countries during the period October 2020 to April 2021. The needs assessments also reviewed secondary data sources, including relevant reports and policy documents from governments, international agencies and non- governmental organizations (NGOs). Following an introduction, the report provides an overview of child protection issues in the target countries, a snapshot of the countries’ backgrounds, and findings from the needs assessment reports consolidated by key child protection risks, groups most at risk, gaps in services and capacities, and priority needs identified. The report concludes with a response from Joining Forces for Africa (JOFA) to the consolidated findings and a description of planned initiatives to address the findings. 41 references. (Author abstract modified)
COVID-19; AFRICA; CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES; DISASTER RESPONSE