Children, Isolation and Quarantine: Preventing Family Separation and Other Child Protection Considerations during the COVID-19 Pandemic


This document provides interim guidance for child protection and health actors in the context of quarantine and isolation measures to mitigate related child protection risks, minimize family separation, and promote family unity and social cohesion. Actions will require multi-sector collaboration and contextualization, taking into account national laws and guidelines related to child protection and health, and the public health measures for COVID-19 control that are in place in the country.

It contains recommendations to prevent family separation and preserve family unity, underlining that in most cases children should be allowed to isolate, quarantine or be treated for COVID-19 at home. It details what actions should be taken to promote family unity in contact in the few instances where a child must be admitted to a facility.

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