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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Josh Leopold & Amanda Gold - Urban Institute,

This study evaluated the effectiveness of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families funded Partnerships to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Supportive Housing for Families in the Child Welfare System, a five-year, $25 million demonstration that provided supportive housing to families in the child welfare system, in five sites. This report summarizes the results of the cost study, which estimates the costs of the housing and services offered in the demonstration and any savings, or additional costs, resulting from the demonstration’s effects on families’ use of homeless programs and child welfare services.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,

This report summarizes the evidence for cash transfer programming and child protection in humanitarian contexts and recommends areas for action and further research.

Mi‐Youn Yang, Kathryn Maguire‐Jack, Kathryn Showalter, Youn Kyoung Kim, Kristen Shook Slack - Child & Family Social Work,

This study examined the relationship between receipt of child care subsidies and child maltreatment investigations in a sample of low‐income mothers in Illinois, USA.

Dennis Vicencio Blanco & Rogelio Alicor Panao - Child & Youth Services ,

Using synthesis and an integrative approach, the article analyzes laws, policies, and institutions that protect the rights and promote the welfare of orphaned children in the Philippines.


UNICEF and ILO published a joint report aiming to contribute to the ongoing discussions about the future of social protection for children.

Elizabeth Donger, Jacqueline Bhabha, Ayesha Mehrotra and Miriam Chernoff - Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights,

This study documents and evaluates the harm prevention work carried out by the children’s rights nonprofit Aangan Trust since late 2015 in Konia, a peri-urban slum area in Varanasi, a large city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Leila Patel, Tessa Hochfeld, Eleanor Ross, Jenita Chiba, Karin Luck - The Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA), University of Johannesburg,

This report presents the findings of an intervention study evaluating the short-term outcomes of Sihleng’imizi Family Programme, an evidence-based preventative social-educational intervention.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ,

In the present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 37/20, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights provides an overview of the legal framework and practical measures to empower children with disabilities.


This Reflection Note is intended as a means for AVSI staff and implementing partners on the FARE project to capture emerging learning as relates to the theory of change elaborated during project design. Particularly, the Reflection Note seeks to answer how necessary and effective cash transfers are as a component of the economic strengthening pathway, hypothesized as crucial for the project goals of building family resilience as a means of preventing child-family separation or ensuring successful reintegration of children into family care.

Robert Kakuru, Archangel Byaruhanga Rukooko and Gervase Tusabe - Journal of African Studies and Development,

This study sought to examine social protection mechanisms for children living on the streets of Uganda, a case study of Kampala.