What is Social Protection?

Child-sensitive social protection

"Child-sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) includes all social protection measures that address children’s needs and rights and which improve elements of child well-being. It is an approach under which all social protection measures aim to maximise impacts and minimise any possible harms for girls and boys, across all ages, by systematically incorporating child risk and benefit (impact) analysis into each stage of policy and programme design, implementation and monitoring. It recognises and takes into account the long-term benefits of investing in children that not only help realize the rights and potential of individuals but also strengthen the foundations for economic growth and inclusive development of society as a whole.”

Source: Global Coalition to End Child Poverty. 2017. "Child-Sensitive Social Protection Briefing Paper". <https://socialprotection.org/discover/publications/child-sensitive-social-protection>. Accessed 13 May 2020.


"Child-sensitive social protection is an evidencebased approach that aims to maximize opportunities and developmental outcomes for children by considering different dimensions of children‟s well-being. It focuses on addressing the inherent social disadvantages, risks and vulnerabilities children may be born into, as well as those acquired later in childhood due to external shocks. It is thus best achieved through integrated social protection approaches.”

Source: Department for International Development, United Kingdom (DFID UK), HelpAge International, Hope & Homes for Children, Institute of Development Studies, International Labour Organization, Overseas Development Institute, Save the Children UK, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. 2009. "Advancing Child-Sensitive Social Protection". <https://socialprotection.org/discover/publications/advancing-child-sensitive-social-protection>. Accessed 13 May 2020.