National Responses to Adjust Child Protection Systems (COVID 19)

UNICEF Europe and Central Asia

At the end of March 2020, the Child Protection team in the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (ECARO) designed a brief online survey to take stock of what national authorities are doing to adjust national child protection systems and services in the Wake of COVID 19. Between April 1st and April 14th the survey was administered online to 23 UNICEF offices in the region (Annex 1 – Questionnaire). All 23 UNICEF offices responded based on their ongoing work with national authorities and partners to reform and strengthen national and sub-national child protection systems and services. This report aims to synthesizes the responses across the region; support national and international child protection agencies, organizations and authorities to identify promising practices, challenges, risks and opportunities; and promote exchange of experience and practices across the region and globally.

This survey report is complemented by UNICEF ECARO’s ongoing effort to compile tools, trainings, guidance, and other documents which are available to UNICEF offices on their internal share point site: teams/ECAR-ChildProtection

Important additional information about UNICEF’s response and needs in the region can be accessed through the UNICEF ECARO COVID-19 Situation Reports (there have been 5 to date) which contain important information on UNICEF’s response to the crises across the region, including on dimensions of child protection. The COVID 19 Situational Reports for the entire organization are public, and can be found at:

Contact: Aaron Greenberg, Regional Advisor Child Protection –