UAC/Alternative Care Guidance for the COVID-19 Situation – Iraq Child Protection Sub-Cluster

Children are particularly vulnerable during infectious disease outbreaks for three main reasons: 1. Children who have other medical conditions have specific susceptibilities to infection during infectious disease outbreaks; 2. Infectious diseases can disrupt the environments in which children grow and develop and 3. Measures used to prevent and control the spread of infectious diseases can expose children to protection risks1. This guidance provides an overview of the risks assosciated with disease outbreak that could cause children to be left without appropriate parental care, and provides scenearios for where children may be identified as unaccompaied and separated in Iraq due to issues related to COVID-19.