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COVID-19 threatens to cause surge in cases of violence against children worldwide

July 10th, 2020
COVID-19 threatens to cause surge in cases of violence against children worldwide

The Joining Forces coalition warn that millions of children could be at risk as COVID-19 threatens to have life-long impacts on children’s health and well-being Terre des Hommes, a member of joining forces, release a policy brief urging governments and change leaders to prioritise preventing and responding to violence against children Research shows that cases and forms of violence are being aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic

An agenda for action

Terre des Hommes is part of Joining Forces, a coalition of six leading child rights organisations calling for child protection to be prioritised in the response to COVID-19. Joining Forces is a global alliance of six leading child rights organisations working in coalition to prevent and respond to violence against children across 70 countries.

Currently, all Joining Forces agencies are responding in different ways to the interruption caused by COVID-19, to ensure that children are connected to the support they need for their protection. The organisations urge for a child protection approach to the global COVID-19 response that places children at the centre – upholding child rights principles, reaching the most vulnerable and with adequate funding – is essential for all children to be able to access and receive the support and services they need in these difficult times. Find out more here.

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