Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Children & Families in Malaysia

Social service workers share their experience, perspectives and recommendations

Social workers discussing issues


Around the world, the spread of the pandemic has had a significant socioeconomic impact on the lives of people and has put considerable pressure on healthcare systems. It has revealed how vulnerable many families are and how unprepared they were to face this unprecedented crisis. Medical personnel and social work practitioners, among other frontline staff, have been pushed to the brink due to overwork and stress.

Like elsewhere, the lockdown in Malaysia disrupted family life and daily routines, with severe consequences for children’s welfare and wellbeing. The report covers the periods from the beginning of the MCO on 18 March until the second half of September 2020 when the interviews were completed. The study methodology combines a series of strategies and tools to collect and consolidate information about how the COVID-19 epidemic has affected child protection service delivery across Malaysia

This research was conducted by Child Frontiers and the Malaysian Association of Social Workers for UNICEF Malaysia with editorial and technical support by UNICEF. © UNICEF Malaysia 2021. All rights reserved.

This report was produced with the financial support of the European Union (EU) under the “Protecting Children affected by migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia” project, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and do not necessarily reflect the views of either bodies, the United Nations, including UNICEF, the UN Member States or the Government of Malaysia.

COVID 19 - impact on vulnerable families
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