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Covid-19 may undo gains made in child, adolescent well-being

Covid-19 has severely threatened the major gains made over the last three decades in women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being, said the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH).

Be not harsh with tender children

Maryam, an average 5th standard student, is socially very active and has many hidden talents. She also has a knack of being friends with everyone and loves painting and making things out of waste. But when it comes to studies, she is not able to cope. On every exam day she cries, for she feels she does not know or remember anything and can’t perform well in her exam. But the reality is totally different. 

Analysis: Is the Pandemic an Adverse Childhood Experience?

While I was on call in the pediatric emergency department of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, three firefighters rolled in a gurney with little girl strapped in — but she didn’t look injured. Unlike most kids arriving in an ambulance, she had no obvious injuries, no cervical collar to support her neck, no signs of bleeding and she was alert. 

Child online exploitation complaints on rise due to pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic means children are spending more time online than ever —and child predators know it.

UN warns of famine risk in world hotspots

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) warned that a “toxic combination of conflict, economic decline, climate extremes and the Covid-19 pandemic … is driving people further into the emergency phase of food insecurity”.

University Hospitals Launches Initiative to End Cycle of Violence for Children

The Antifragility Initiative was created to help children who wind up at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital after suffering a traumatic injury.

More severe child abuse reported after drop in Missouri hotline calls during pandemic

The number of people calling Missouri's child abuse and neglect hotline declined 40 percent in April and 54 percent in May, when comparing it to April and May 2019.

Child Abuse Is Harder to Spot During the Pandemic. What Can Educators Do?

Other than their parents and caregivers, children spend more time with their teachers and school staff than with almost any other adults.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Dip in reporting amid pandemic suspected as number of reported child abuse cases drop

Mona Michelli, the deputy assistant secretary of child welfare for the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), says the number of reports they receive usually drops in the summer, but this year, it was a lot lower than usual. The number of reported child abuse and neglect cases are also down year-over-year, with 34,777 reports recorded in 2019 compared to 26,982 reports filed in 2020.

Letter: Legislative solution may be best for child abuse reports that haven't been released

The Times Union has published several stories regarding child abuse fatality reporting and public disclosure. I appreciate the extensive research and investigation but suggest the issues are more complicated and nuanced.

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