Separated Children and COVID-19

This section includes resources related to separated children that may be useful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Joan Lombardi, Early Opportunities; Nada Elattar, UNICEF; Dr. Sweta Shah, Aga Khan Foundation,

This Call to Action outlines some of the impacts of both displacement and COVID-19 that are threatening the positive development of many young children around the world. It calls for governments and donors honor existing commitments, ensure inclusion of young children and families in public systems and take FIVE immediate actions.

Lucio Valerio Sarandrea - UNICEF,

This article from UNICEF describes the increased risks and vulnerabilities faced by children left behind by migration in Kyrgyzstan due to the COVID-19 crisis, and how UNICEF and its partners are responding to meet their needs.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN),

This Joint Statement the ASEAN Ministers responsible for social welfare and development outlines their concerns and commitments to action regarding meeting the needs of vulnerable people impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, including children with disabilities, children deprived of liberty, and children in institutional care, among other groups.


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.

United Nations,

This Policy Brief offers four basic tenets to guide our collective response to human mobility and the COVID-19 crisis, including the response to children on the move and children who are separated or unaccompanied in particular.

Amnesty International,

This document from Amnesty International reports on the family separations happening at U.S. immigration detention facilities in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Sahana Kribakaran & Dylan Gee - World Economic Forum,

This article from the World Economic Forum describes the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children in immigration detention in the United States and calls on the US government to take immediate actions to stop the violence against migrant children and families and to protect them from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changing the Way We Care,

The tips in this guidance should be considered to ensure gatekeeping procedures continue to remain effective or in some cases are strengthened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Changing the Way We Care,

This guidance should be considered for children who live with their family or other family environment within a community setting, who may be vulnerable, or at-risk of separation, as well as children who have been recently reunified with their families from residential care.

Street Child,

This rapid assessment was conducted with 12,100 respondents across 13 countries, aimed at understanding the needs and gaps in assuring assistance for affected children and communities during the COVID-19 crisis.