Protecting Children during COVID-19 and other Infectious Disease Outbreaks (IDOs)
FREE ONLINE COURSE (with a PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible)
- Duration: 6 weeks
How to adapt child protection programming to support the wellbeing and development of children during COVID-19 and other IDO's
Adjust child protection programs in the context of COVID-19 and Infectious Diseases Outbreaks
This course will equip child protection practitioners with knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based crisis response and prevention strategies to protect children during COVID-19 and other infectious diseases outbreaks.
Identify the child protection risks caused by COVID-19 and other IDOs.
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting children through:
- Infection with the virus/disease
the impact of social and economic infection prevention measures
- the potential longer-term effects on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
In this course, you will reflect on how COVID-19 and other infectious diseases outbreaks impact children, families, and communities through disruptions to families, friendships, daily routines, community dynamics, and income. You will learn about the resulting negative consequences for children’s protection, wellbeing, and development and discover ways to adapt child protection strategies to the disruptions.
Adapt child protection strategies and programming during COVID-19 and other IDOs
As you explore the social and developmental consequences of COVID-19 for children, you’ll learn to adjust child protection programming, keep children at the centre and use Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS). You will also learn about joining up with other sectors to implement strategies for protecting children and strengthening partnerships with governments.
Learn with experts at the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (The Alliance)
The course is designed to help child protection practitioners navigate COVID-19 and learn from other infectious diseases. You will learn via technical notes, key messages, webinars, and other resources produced by The Alliance and endorsed globally.
What topics will you cover?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Assess the context set through public health measures and elaborate on how these affect protective and risk factors for children in all stages of an Infectious Disease Outbreak Describe the main child protection risks during an Infectious Disease Outbreak such as COVID-19 in your context through a socioecological and developmental lens
Explain the centrality of child participation through all stages of the programme cycle and identify ways to foster safe child participation in the context of Infectious Disease Outbreak
Explain ways to adapt child protection prevention and response programming in line with CPMS principles and standards Describe how to jointly implement with other sectors to protect children
Identify key actions to support risk-informed programming and contribute to system strengthening in future shock and health pandemics
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Assess the context set through public health measures and elaborate on how this affects protective and risk factors for children in preparedness, response, transition and recovery to COVID-19
- Describe the main child protection risks during the COVID-19 pandemic in your context through a socioecological and developmental lens
- Explain ways to adapt child protection prevention and response programming in line with CPMS principles and standards
- Describe how to jointly implement with other sectors to protect children
- Identify key actions to support risk informed programming and contribute to system strengthening in future shock and health pandemics
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for child protection professionals around the world rising to the challenge of finding creative ways to continue to support the most vulnerable children, families, and communities in the context of public health measures that span from physical distancing to lockdown measures.
This may include child protection advisors, coordinators, managers, officers, field managers of national and international NGOs, UN agencies, representatives of government institutions, and child and family-focused members of the social service workforce.
Please note that this course is for practitioners with experience in child protection and child and family-focused programming in development and/or humanitarian settings. It is not a comprehensive child protection or child protection in humanitarian action capacity building course.
Who will you learn with?
My name is Achieng, from Kenya. I am a Child Protection Specialist at the Alliance. I have more than 10 years experience in CPHA and have worked in Asia and Africa predominantly with a focus on UASC.
A child protection and humanitarian specialist working in the field of child rights, protection and humanitarian coordination in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North and East Africa since 2003.
Who developed the course?
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is a global, interagency group. We set standards and provide technical support to ensure that efforts to protect children from violence and exploitation are of high quality and effective.
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, with funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:
- Unlimited access to this course
- Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
- A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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