The Confidentiality Guidance Note was developed in March 2022 and aims to guide health actors referring child protection cases on how to maintain confidentiality while sharing information. The content is based on the experiences of colleagues addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the Rohingya Response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
During an infectious disease outbreak, children may be exposed to higher rates of violence and abuse as well as deteriorating mental health. Healthcare workers may come in contact with children who are not being reached by the social service workforce due to confinement measures. It is therefore essential that healthcare workers are able to appropriately and confidentially refer any child protection concerns that may be disclosed and/or recognized. Despite unusual circumstances during outbreaks, policies and standards relating to confidentiality have to be maintained.
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