"Social protection may be broadly defined (...) as policies and actions that: enhance the capacity of all people, but notably poor and vulnerable groups, to escape from poverty, or avoid falling into poverty, and better manage risks and shocks and aim at providing a higher level of social security through income security and access to essential services (in particular, health and education) throughout active and inactive periods and periods of need throughout the life-cycle."
Source: European Commission. n.d. “Communication from the Commission to the European parliament, the Council, The European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.” EUR-Lex Website. <https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52012DC0446>. Accessed 18 June 2020.