News Archive

Here’s what’s happening around the world in the area of child welfare and protection.

March 11, 2015

What you should know before volunteering in a children’s home

Volunteers and supporters of children’s issues globally should remember that the future of the children you’ll work with is in the country where they are living. It is important that they learn how to function in society and that they have local people to rely on and trust in moments when they feel lonely and insecure. They need long term loving relationships with caregivers for their social and emotional development, which is not possible with people that stay with them for only a few weeks or months. Despite this, as a short term visitor you can still make a difference in the life of children. This leaflet explains how you can do this best.

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February 26, 2015

The Science of Early Adversity: Is there a role for institutions in the care of vulnerable children?

An article from The Lancet

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August 13, 2014

How schools can help protect children in Kenya

Increased access to safer schools is key to improved protection for girls and boys – a review of findings from recent research in Kenya.

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August 13, 2014

Cash plus care: social protection cumulatively mitigates HIV-risk behaviour among adolescents in South Africa

Objectives:

It is not known whether cumulative ‘cash plus care’ interventions can reduce adolescent HIV-infection risks in sub-Saharan Africa. This study investigated whether parental AIDS and other environmental adversities increase adolescent HIV-risk behaviour and whether social protection provision of ‘cash’ or integrated ‘cash plus care’ reduces HIV-risk behaviour.

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August 13, 2014

Armenian government decides to introduce new programs to reduce number of children in orphanages

July 1st, 2014 – ChildPact, the Armenian Child Protection Network and Unicef Armenia organized a public hearing in Yerevan to discuss child protection issues in the on-going social reforms in Armenia.

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July 28, 2014

Analysis: Targeted assistance needed for DRC’s former child soldiers

Recent high profile moves against militia commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have done little to stem child recruitment into armed groups, and much more needs to be done to prevent it, stop re-recruitment, and rehabilitate victims.

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July 28, 2014

Domestic violence can ‘scar’ a child’s DNA: Watching family members being hurt is linked with damage to chromosomes

Children who witness domestic violence often bear emotional scars, but now a study has found that seeing family members being hurt can also scar a child’s DNA.

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January 6, 2014

The growing problem of child marriage among Syrian girls in Jordan

War in Syria has killed more than 10,000 children. More than 1 million more have fled the country in fear, while millions more remain displaced inside the country. This briefing looks at another disturbing but less publicized impact of the crisis: the increase in the numbers of girls who have been forced to marry.

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