Social Protection Policies and Programmes

Poverty affects both the quality and length of children’s lives, reduces the ability of families to adequately provide for their children, and is a significant cause of family breakdown and child separation. Social assistance programmes aim to reduce child poverty and act as a safety net for families with minimal resources.

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Jane Cocking, Gemma Davies, Nicholas Finney, Damian Lilly, Jamie McGoldrick, Alexandra Spencer,


Emily Delap of Child Frontiers, UNICEF South Africa, UNICEF Mozambique, UNICEF ESARO, CTWWC,

Social protection is increasingly being used in Eastern and Southern Africa to address economic and social vulnerability. Many governments in the region are also engaged in care reform to prevent family separation, support families to care for children well and provide quality alternative care. The same frontline workers are also often engaged in these two streams of work. This paper provides an outline of the key concepts and processes involved in social protection system strengthening and care reform and makes an argument for encouraging greater synergies between these two systems.


This CELSIS briefing builds on the 2019 briefing, Access to Care Records, which outlined the legislative and policy context in Scotland around care records. This briefing is for all practitioners involved in writing, managing and/or supporting access to care records, and draws on research, campaigning work, and knowledge from organisations and local authorities across Scotland including in social work and information governance teams.

Changing the Way We Care,

The purpose of the individual assessment of 184 children in six RIs was to collect up-to- date information on the demographics, as well as the social, educational, psychological, and medical status, of children placed in RIs in order to plan their reintegration into their families of origin and/or to prepare them to transition from residential to family care.

Changing the Way We Care,

The aim of the study is to understand the current situation of social services focused on strengthening families’ capacity to provide a safe, stable, and nurturing environment for children, as well as services for children in need of, or currently in, alternative care and/or in the process of reintegration, in order to be able to formulate recommendations that will contribute to evidence-based decisions for their improvement.

Changing the Way We Care,

The analysis was carried out in order to develop practical recommendations on improving the regulatory framework and the social services financing mechanism to prevent the separation of children from families and support alternative care mechanisi

Changing the Way We Care,

The analysis of case management (CM) systems aims to contribute to the development of a CM model that both reflects the latest programmatic, legislative, and methodological developments at national and international levels, and effectively contributes to increasing the quality of services for vulnerable children and families.

Changing the Way We Care,

The study aims to develop specific practical recommendations for changing the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of the target groups in order to prevent child-family separation and remove existing obstacles children and families face during rein

Changing the Way We Care,

Scopul studiului este de a cunoaște situația actuală a serviciilor sociale axate pe
consolidarea capacității familiei de a asigura un mediu sigur, stabil și afectuos pentru
copii, precum și a serviciilor destinate copiilor care au nevoie de sau se află în îngrijire
alternativă și în proces de reintegrare, pentru a putea formula recomandări care să
contribuie la decizii bazate pe evidențe în îmbunătățirea acestora.

Changing the Way We Care (CTWWC),

Analiza a vizat revizuirea tuturor categoriilor de servicii sociale pentru copiii și familiile vulnerabile, cu accent specific pe  serviciile de prevenire și răspuns.