Africa - Children have ‘nowhere to turn' as COVID-19 hits protection and social services

When COVID-19 related restrictions began, nobody knew how long they would last or what impact they would have on the daily aspects of life. Least expected were the negative consequences that most children have experienced during this time especially increased exposure to child abuse risks and actual abuse. Social protection for vulnerable families to reduce economic hardships should be considered. Support to families and particularly for parents, to empower them play a protective role to their children is crucial, as children with protective parents are also safer both in and outside the home. This task cannot be left to the government alone; the civil society, religious organizations and the church have a role to play. Read more…