Bangladesh, Child Protection response to the COVID-19 pandemic #MHPSSforCaregivers #ChildHelplines #vacprevention #childlabour #ChildreninDetention
sharing for those interested in the response to COVID-19 in specific countries, the very comprehensive Child Protection Dashboard of UNICEF Bangladesh (National level + Rohingya camp level).
It highlights that "Bangladesh already has a high level of violence against children, a high instance of child labour, and a significant number of children living on the streets and in institutions. Over 45 million children (89 per cent) aged 1-14 have been exposed to violent discipline in the previous month. The measures undertaken to contain and suppress the spread of the virus, including lockdowns, quarantine and closed schools, are leaving children highly vulnerable to increased violence".
The dashboard provides details on the trends of violence against children at national levek, including child labour and child marriage and, in terms of CP response, shows statistics regarding virtual case work, child helplines, children reunified and reintegrated to community and people engaging in social media to post on preventing violence and to disseminate child protection and parenting tips.
In Rohingya camps, the dashboard highlights that neglect and separation remain the main CP concerns. The response is based on multipurpose centres, providing the integrated learning package (life skills, psychosocial support, vocational training and literacy and numeracy as well as social hubs providing like skills, computer literacy and social cohesion programming as well as recreation opportunities. Interesting to note as well the core role of adolescents and youth, both from refugees and host communities, engaged in the COVID-19 response as social change agents.
For any question on Child Protection and COVID-19 in Bangladesh and Cox's Bazar or on the dahsboard in particular don't hesitate to contact @Irene Tumwebaze who is the CP Specialist based there with UNICEF at national level, and @Krissie Hayes, who is the CP Coordinator for Cox’s Bazar.
Irene and Krissie are members of this Forum and you can also post comments here.