This is a protocol for a systematic review that will ask the overarching research question: What is the impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated children, during the period of separation, in humanitarian crises in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs)? Specifically, we will examine this via the following secondary questions that focus on three domains of intervention:
- Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS): What is the impact of protection interventions on the health and psychosocial wellbeing of UASC?
- Interim alternative care: What is the effectiveness of interim alternative care arrangements at restoring a protective environment for UASC?
- Child protection: What is the effectiveness of interventions to prevent UASC from abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect?
We will also review evidence on programmes that seek to provide long-term solutions for UASC by providing a permanent protective environment, insofar as they provide information that is relevant to framing the experience of separation, such as average length of separation and likelihood of reunification.
Williamson, K.; Gupta, P.; Landis, D.; Shannon, H. The impact of protection interventions on unaccompanied and separated children in humanitarian crises: An evidence synthesis protocol. Oxfam GB for Oxfam International, Oxford, UK (2016) 60 pp. ISBN 978-0-85598-714-