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Child Protection Sub-Cluster, Iraq,CP AOR, Child Protection Area of Responsibility
Children are particularly vulnerable during infectious disease outbreaks. This is partly because children with other conditions may fall ill but also as environments in which children develop and grow may be disrupted. In addition to this, it is also likely that measures used to prevent and control the spread of diseases can expose children to protection risks.
This guidance provides an overview of the risks associated with disease outbreaks that could cause children to be left without appropriate parental care, and provides scenarios for when children may be identified as unaccompanied or separated in Iraq due to issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.