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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Changing the Way We Care,

Scopul analizei de situație a copiilor din Republica Moldova, cu accent pe copiii
vulnerabili și prevenirea separării de părinți, este de a oferi o imagine completă a
situației lor actuale, inclusiv în urma efectelor pandemiei COVID-19 și care să servească
elaborării de recomandări concrete cu privire la o serie de decizii bazate pe probe, pe
care statul dar și actorii societății civile au nevoie să le ia și, ulterior, să le implementeze,
pentru a îmbunătăți situația grupurilor celor mai vulnerabile, precum și pentru a
eficientiza sistemul de îngrijire alternativă a copilului din Republica Moldova.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights,

The guide recommends a series of measures aimed at States, which focus on protecting family unity, preventing separation, and ensuring reunification in the context of human mobility, including for unaccompanied or separated children and adolescents, who require international protection or who leave their homes in search of better opportunities or family reunification.


Le présent document fournit des orientations provisoires aux acteurs des secteurs de la protection de l’enfance et de la santé, dans le contexte des mesures de quarantaine et d’isolement, pour leur permettre d’atténuer les risques liés à la protection de l’enfance, de réduire au minimum la séparation des familles et de favoriser l’unité des familles et la cohésion sociale.

Ravinder Barn, Roberta Teresa Di Rosa and Theano Kallinikaki - Social Sciences,

Through an analysis of the impact of the pandemic on the Italian and Greek reception systems and social interventions with unaccompanied minors (UAMs), the authors of this study utilised a multiple embedded case study approach within a comparative analysis, to identify key changes in the main services which should be guaranteed to minors—namely, hosting/housing, guardianship, foster care, family/relatives reunification, school integration, language, job training for care leaving, and preparation for leaving care after 18 years.

The International Data Alliance for Children on the Move (IDAC),

This issue brief surveys the existing literature based on the limited available data to highlight areas of urgent concern for children on the move as they navigate life during the pandemic, examined through the lens of gender.

Yining Wang, Wen Liu, Weiwei Wang, Shuang Lin, Danhua Lin, Hongli Wang - International Journal of Psychology,

Using data collected from two provinces in China through an online survey, the current study aimed to investigate left‐behind children's emotional and academic adjustment during the COVID‐19 pandemic in China.


Lumos worked together with partners on the family-based care for unaccompanied children project between 2018 and 2020, in four camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. This evaluation report considers the various components of the project and provides recommendations to child protection and refugee response practitioners, with the aim of improving the quality of child protection programming and its impact on unaccompanied children in refugee contexts.

Kiran Modi & Leena Prasad - Child & Youth Services,

This article describes the steps taken by Udayan Care responded to the needs of children in their care during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This brief article from UNICEF describes UNICEF's work with partners in Côte d’Ivoire to assist children on the move during the COVID-19 pandemic, "providing them with psychosocial support through counselling and drama therapy, as well as access to education, shelter, meals, clean water and sanitation facilities. UNICEF also works with partners to help reunite children on the move with their families."

Martin Punaks and Samjyor Lama - Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond,

This article compares and contrasts two humanitarian emergencies and their impact on Nepal: these are the Nepal earthquake in 2015 and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.