The Child Policy During COVID-19 Database provides a ‘one stop shop’ on the social policy measures adopted by 40 (mainly high-income) countries specifically to protect children and their families during the 9 months between March and December 2020.
The data collection, which has been constructed and curated by a team at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, with the support of UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight, presents the key policy features and details of measures in six fields of policy: income support, education, early education and childcare, food support, parental leave, and health-related measures.
COVID-19 challenged and tested the response capacities and policy resources of countries across the globe. The need for information and intelligence on what countries did is pressing. This is especially the case for policy on protecting children and families as there are many gaps in the existing information. This database aims to fill these gaps and enable the research and policy community to answer questions about how responsive policy was and what lessons can be learned about how to resource and protect children and their families as the world changes.
The database is intended for use by policy makers, researchers, students and others interested in what countries did to protect children and their families during the height of the pandemic, the exact measures taken and the conditions under which countries were able to respond. It will allow and enable cross-national comparisons among the 40 countries included, focusing on similarities and differences across countries, and over time and provide a framework and set of benchmarks for future development and assessments of child and family policies.
The project was part-funded by UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight, and by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. The database team are Professor Mary Daly (Coordinator, University of Oxford), Dr Sunwoo Ryu (formerly Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, now at University of Bristol), Ertugrul Polat (DPhil candidate, University of Oxford), and Dr Dominic Richardson (UNICEF Innocenti - Global Office of Research and Foresight). The Sustainable Digital Scholarship (SDS) service, at the University of Oxford, also provided consultation and help with the design and migration of records onto the platform.