ISPCAN is committed to providing support to individuals, caregivers, and professionals as they navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic by providing up-to-date resources in collaboration with our partner organizations around the globe. We have gathered resources on this topic and want our members to also share (please see Submit a Resource at the bottom of this page).

We thank our members, health care professionals, researchers, and front line workers who are providing services to children and families and helping keep our communities around the world safe. We are a global family and now more than ever our network should help us connect.

Please stay safe and let’s help take care of the children and each other.

Check only trusted sources to find out more about the virus, its spread, and its impact. Visit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 digital platform for updates.

Watch for symptoms. Download CDC’s child-friendly guides to better understand the first symptoms of the virus and what to do if you develop them.

Keep yourself and your children safe. UNICEF has collected a number of resources to inform parents and children. Stay informed on the virus’ spread. 

Stay informed on the virus’ spread. Read UNICEF’s Global Situation Reports on Novel Coronavirus.


Leaders’ Statement on COVID-19 and Child Protection

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact across the world. Efforts to contain the coronavirus are vital to the health of the world’s population, but they are also exposing children to increased risk of violence – including maltreatment, gender-based violence and sexual exploitation.

As leaders of organizations committed to ending violence against children, ISPCAN and partners come together in solidarity to share our deep concern, call for action and pledge our support to protect children from violence and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on children in every country and community.

Read Leaders’ Statement here


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How to be quarantined and happy

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)

SURVEY: Frontline Practitioners’ Experiences & Perceptions on Protecting Children during COVID-19 

Frontline practitioners, we want to hear from you! ISPCAN and International Scholars Protecting Children during COVID-19 (ISPCC) have developed a survey that aims to gain insights into how COVID-19 has affected frontline workers worldwide who have been working with children during the pandemic. Specifically, we want to 1) shed light on what’s happening on the frontlines of child protection; 2) identify gaps between country policies and actual practices; 3) compare policies across countries; and 4) identify what professionals want and need to work effectively.

The survey includes 112 items related to knowledge of COVID-19 policies and impact; the resources and support available to you at work and home; what resources/support you think would be helpful; and the effects of COVID on you as a child protection professional and how they are coping.

The survey is available in English (CLOSED), Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish, and Portuguese.


ISPCAN COVID-19 Webinar Series

WATCH: One Year Into COVID: The Impact on Child Maltreatment Reports and the CPS Response in Brazil, Australia, and Israel

This webinars looks at the impact of COVID-19 on child maltreatment (CM) reports and CPS responses by comparing three countries which had contrasting experiences: Brazil, Israel, and Australia. The analysis draws on available data on country’s demographics and economic situation, the county’s overall policy responses to COVID-19, key elements of the CPS, and the CPS response to COVID-19. These data were collected and analyzed by a group of global researchers who came together in the spring of 2020, International Scholars for the Protection of Children during COVID (ISPCC). This group discussed similarities and differences among countries and drew lessons for child protection systems around the world.ATCH HERE


Resources for Child Protection Professionals

Child Welfare and Pandemics Literature Scan (University of Toronto Policy Bench, Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development

Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About  (Chronicle of Social Change)

Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic (The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action)