The United Nations Secretary General warned that we are seeing a horrifying global surge in domestic violence
all over the world and is urging leaders to include protective measures in their pandemic plans.
Generational child abuse has grown exponentially for decades overwhelming our schools, justice systems and communities.
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Child protection is often stated by officials as their number one priority, or to be at least of high priority, when preventing and tackling crime; however, the number instances of child abuse and the number of children vulnerable to abuse may prove otherwise. Corporate profit and capitalism continue to be the driving force behind child labor in supply chains and behind the covering up of these violations by governments and corporations. More meaningful transparency and accountability is needed so that consumers are informed and can better make responsible choices in their purchases.
Policy Brief: The impact of COVID-19 on children.
The effects of the pandemic will likely have a greater impact felt by poor countries and neighborhoods who are in existing vulnerable situations. The closure of schools may further exacerbate inequalities; for example, those who do not have access to remote learning equipment may suffer losses to their human capital and earning potential. Furthermore, children who rely on school meals as, sometimes, their only meal of the day would contribute to the ever-rising levels of malnutrition among children. The UN policy brief provides child focused guidelines for governments and policy makers to incorporate when addressing the effects of this pandemic on children.
Supporting children’s well-being during the COIVD-19 pandemic.
In response to the global pandemic and school closures, UNICEF and the World Food Programme have partnered to ensure school aged children in fragile countries or situations received the health and nutrition support they need. The partnership incorporates a variety of measures to address both immediate and medium-term needs of health and education systems during and after the pandemic.
COVID-19’s devastating impact on children.
Human Rights Watch.
Children face not just the immediate and obvious impact of the virus, but the economic and social impact; school closures, income loss, and increase risk of domestic violence, among other issues, including increase vulnerability to exploitation and abuse due to being orphaned. Human Rights Watch calls on the government to include the well-being of children and vulnerable persons when planning and implementing measures to combat the pandemic, as this is essential for the current and long-term well-bring of children.
How does COIVD-19 affect children? A child psychological weighs in.
Like adults, a child psychologist states that children may have various physical and emotional responses to the pandemic. A lack of routine and social contact may contribute to the anxiety and stress felt by children. The psychologist states that one of the most important things a parent/caretaker can do to alleviate a child’s stress and anxiety during this time is to talk to them by focusing on age appropriate facts and the goo things rather than an information overload.
Australia – Confusing and stressful: the debate around children and coronavirus as Australian schools reopen.
With all the evidence, testing and studies, parents and teachers are confused when it comes to the debate around school closures. Some researchers advocate for less disruptive measures than full school closures which has potentially high economic and social costs. Some doctors state that schools may be reopened, but there needs to be strong precautions implemented to ensure physical distancing and proper hygiene. Schools are set to open in the near future and students are encouraged to attend; however, parents who choose to use a remote learning tool have reported issues with the learning system.
Canada – What impact will the pandemic have on child support?
One of the unexpected effects of the pandemic is that many families are not receiving the child support payments, either entirely or not as much as expected, due to the payor having lost their job or are receiving less income due to the economic strain of employers. Courts and government services have transitioned to operating online, but with child support matters your issue must be urgent in order for the court to hear it, meaning that issues that do not reach the standards of urgent will have to wait. The
Greece – NGOs appeal to Greek prime minister about unaccompanied refugee children.
Greek City Times.
Several international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, the Greek Council for Refugees, and the Danish Refugee Council, state that as of January 31, 2020 there is an estimated figure of 5463 unaccompanied children in Greece; however, they argue that this figure is severely underestimated due to non-registration and incorrect age assessments. The organizations cite issues of a lack of long-term accommodation, holding children under detention despite it being ruled as a breach of the European Convention of Human Rights, and a lack of access to health care and exclusion from education. They request that the prime minister of Greece put an end to detention centres and implement long term housing as well as a system of public guardianship for unaccompanied children.
‘We had no idea how dark this story would get’
The New York Times.
A previous investigation by New York Times investigative journalists, into online child sexual abuse imagery, has spurred a conversation about the government’s lack of response to tech companies’ inability to stop the spread of imagery, raising questions around encryption and privacy online. The US government has responded by expressing an intention to introduce more bills that would increase tech companies’ responsibilities. Tech companies have responded to the investigation by increasing efforts to monitor activity and imagery online.
Scotland – Online child sexual abuse ‘not given police priority’
A Report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland produced recommendations for the Scotland police on how to better tackle online child sex abuse. They include improved assessment of the scale and nature of online sexual abuse by making changes to the way crime reports are recorded, inter-agency co-operation and communication and prioritizing tackling online child sex abuse through allocating undercover online specialist officers. The deputy chief constable of the Scotland police stated the Scotland police remain committed to protecting children in Scotland despite limited funding
Afghanistan – Investigation begins into alleged abuse of more than 500 boys in Afghanistan.
A civil society group, Logar Youth, Social and Civil Institution, found more than 100 videos of alleged abuse of students by teachers and other school authority. Those who have published the findings have received threats and were detained by intelligence services while the president’s spokesperson conveying school security plans initiatives to deal with reports of abuse. The deputy South Asia director of Amnestry International states that the Afghan government should be working with activists to investigate human rights threats. UN agencies and NGOs state their intent to increase child protection in Logar, the Afghan province, and to provide psychological support for survivors.
George Clooney ‘saddened’ by alleged child labour on Nespresso coffee farms.
Despite advertisement of ethically sourced coffee and a zero tolerance for child labour, Nespresso, part of the Nestle brand, has been alleged to have child labour in its coffee farms. In Nespresso’s coffee farms, only two cases of child labour were reported in 2019, but this statistic is questioned as Nespresso CEO states that their coffee suppliers are given a couple days’ notice in advance as to when spot checks take place. George Clooney, a spokesperson for the coffee brand, states that he is uniquely aware of the issues regarding farming and child labour because of him growing up working on his family’s tobacco farm.
Canada – Class action claims Hershey products sold in Canada tainted by ‘worst forms of child labour’
Business in Vancouver.
A class action lawsuit has been filed in Vancouver, Canada, against Hershey Canada, the Hershey Company and Hershey Chocolate and Confectionary Corporation for misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and legislative violations for failing to disclose the use of child labour in harvesting raw cocoa in their supply chain. It is argued that Canadian residents would not have purchased chocolate products manufactured and/or marketed by Hershey Canada had they been aware of the use of child labour and slavery. Hershey has not responded to the lawsuit as o the date of publication of the article.
Cambodia – How we uncovered child labour in Cambodia’s brick kilns.
Thomson Reuters Foundation News.
Despite government bans on child labour in brick kilns, and even a government report stating there was no child labour, investigations by workers union and other activists reveal child labour and debt bondage at several brick kilns sites. It is argued that statistics are hidden so as to avoid economic sanctions by the European Union and the United States over human rights abuses. These kilns sites, however, employ generations within the same families, families who have o other source for economic support and self-suffiiciency.
Wendy’s to pay $400k to resolve child labour law allegations.
The Associated Press.
Wendy’s, the fast food chain, is being investigated by Massachusetts’ state attorney general’s office after complaints had been filed against the restaurant by minor employees. Records provided by Wendy’s show that the restaurant allowed 16 and 17-year-old employees to work past 10 pm and more than 9 hours a day. It is estimated that there are more than 2100 violations in 46 locations across the state.
|United Kingdom: Diary Of A Foster Mom on Lockdown (Commentary)|
|Medium – May 03, 2020|
|A recent BBC report found that out of 135 healthcare workers who have died from Coronavirus, 84 were from African and Asian backgrounds. To say COVID-19 does not discriminate is fanciful thinking. If you live in low-income housing, have poor health, and can’t afford to eat healthily you are at risk. Similarly, if you are a black or brown NHS worker regardless of how good at your job and well respected you are.|