Avoiding a Child Welfare Crisis

Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 through Social Service Workforce Strengthening

A social worker from the Department of Social Welfare lodges a report of child abuse with an officer at the police station


Social welfare services are critical to keeping children safe and mitigating the longer-term social consequences of the pandemic.

However, evidence indicates that social service providers have faced significant challenges in delivering services due to social distancing and lockdown measures, restrictions of movement and other pandemic suppression strategies.

This policy brief examines the global and domestic evidence generated in Malaysia on the impact of COVID-19 on child welfare and protection and the delivery of essential social welfare services.

*This policy brief was produced with the financial support of the European Union under the project “Protecting Children affected by migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia”, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and do not necessarily reflect the views of either bodies.

UNICEF Malaysia
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