04 January 2021

The science of love in childhood

Why is love so important in childhood?, In this ground-breaking new series by UNICEF, Laura Mucha – author, poet and children’s advocate – interviews some of the world’s leading experts to find out.  The series sets out to cover how adversity impacts us as children and the adults we become, what we can do to protect and improve young people’s mental health, and why safe and loving…, Dr. Vikram Patel, Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School, Dr. Patel explains why our mental health is our greatest personal asset, and how it impacts a range of human experiences including our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and decisions. He explains how poor mental health can affect anyone, in any society, and also explores some of the common, universal interventions to promote good mental health for…, Cornelius Williams, Associate Director and global Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF, We hear about Cornelius’s experiences in delivering child protection programmes and interventions around the world. He talks about the importance of changing both attitudes and laws to prevent violence against children, and how investing in support for children and families in the early years is one of the best investments governments can make to…, Dr. Bernadette Madrid, Director of the Child Protection Unit of the University of the Philippines Manila - Philippine General Hospital, We hear from Dr. Bernadette Madrid about the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children’s mental and physical health and life outcomes. She explores some of the risk factors contributing to adversity in childhood, both before and after birth, and how universal support for parents is vital to help break the inter-generational cycle of…, Aaron Greenberg, Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia, Child Protection, UNICEF, Aaron shares how his upbringing and experiences helped to inspire his work advocating to reform childcare and protection systems around the world. He explores ways that governments can support vulnerable parents and caregivers and help keep families together, by building trust and providing tailored services within the community., Dr. Daniel Siegel, child psychiatrist, professor and author, Dr. Siegel explores the idea of love as a vital force of life which is essential for helping children grow and thrive. He explains how our attachments with parents and caregivers in early childhood can affect our relationships throughout life, and why we need to invest in more caring and collaborative communities to support children and their…
10 March 2020

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention and Control in Schools

The World Health Organization (WHO) has made the assessment that COVID-19 (coronavirus) can be characterised as a pandemic and the virus has now spread to many countries and territories. While COVID-19 continues to spread, it is important that communities take action to prevent further transmission, reduce the impacts of the outbreak and support control measures. The protection of children and educational facilities is particularly important. Precautions are necessary to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 in school settings. However, care must also be taken to avoid stigmatizing students and staff who may have been exposed to the virus. COVID-19 does not differentiate among borders, ethnicities, disability status, age or gender. Education settings should continue to be welcoming, respectful, inclusive and supportive environments to all. Measures taken by schools can prevent the entry and spread of COVID-19 by students and staff who may have been exposed to the virus, while minimizing disruption and protecting students and staff from discrimination. The purpose of this document is to provide clear and actionable guidance for safe operations through the prevention, early detection and control of COVID-19 in schools and other educational facilities. The guidance, while specific to countries that have already confirmed the transmission of COVID-19, is relevant in all other contexts. Education can encourage students to become advocates for disease prevention and control at home, in school and in their community by talking to others about how to prevent the spread of viruses. Maintaining safe school operations or reopening schools after a closure requires many considerations but, if done well, can promote public health. For more on UNICEF's response to COVID-19, visit: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus