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Where do we go from here? A child rights-based response to COVID-19

  • Helen Fogarty
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‘Where do we go from here?’ is a question many are asking in response to COVID-19.

Written on behalf of the International Society for Social Pediatrics & Child Health (ISSOP) COVID-19 Working Group (including NAPCAN Board Member, Dr Shanti Raman) this paper calls for a child rights-based response.

“We need to privilege the rights of children, such that children and young people (CYP) are both seen and heard, responded to, protected from harms and health promoted, and provided opportunities to actively participate. We must refocus our gaze on the rights and needs of CYP, particularly those at risk. Proactive health and welfare are essential services—timely assessments and care, and interventions for ameliorating chronic conditions and disabilities must be maintained with continued delivery as safely as is possible. Of primary concern, are those groups affected by poverty, discrimination, or conflict, in which inequities are amplified both during the pandemic and recovery phase. Maintaining vigilance on those who are marginalised and stand to lose the most from this pandemic and in the post COVID-19 aftermath, is critical.”

The 3-page is available for download here: Where do we go from here BMJPO