Adequacy of Brazilian social protection programs to the needs of children and adolescents

Brazil’s social protection services and programs are plentiful and multifaceted. Their scope includes cash and food transfer initiatives, streamlined purchase programs from family farmers, the distribution of cisterns to ease water and sewage system shortages in Brazil’s semi-arid regions, and other measures. Alongside social transfers, there is a substantial range of social assistance services, which are harder to systematize because of their flexible mandates. This text will analyze the main national social assistance initiatives provided by the Unified Social Assistance System (SUAS, by its acronym in Portuguese) in relation to their adequacy in meeting the needs of children and adolescents (C&A, by its acronym in Portuguese). As outlined in the Methodology section of this Policy Research Brief, the exercise uses a methodology previously employed by The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in various countries and regions. In analyzing the parameters outlined by the methodology to assess the appropriateness of social programs for C&A’s needs, the text examines the programs and summarizes these initiatives, emphasizing how each one aligns with the suitability criteria proposed in our methodology.