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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Selina Cheptonui Kogo - Africa International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (AIJMR),

This paper analyses the role of community-based child protection structures for the survival and development of orphans and vulnerable children.


This final report on the “Deinstitutionalization of Vulnerable Children in Uganda” (DOVCU) project identifies its successes as well as some shortcomings and key learning that is directly relevant to other projects working to support family care for children.  

Jayshree S.Jani & Michael Reisch - Children and Youth Services Review,

Based on primary and secondary source materials, this article traces the evolution of the US social work field's response to the needs of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee youth during the past two centuries.

Heidi Redlich Epstein & Elizabeth Christy - Child Law Practice Today,

Providing relative caregivers the same financial benefits and supports as nonrelative foster caregivers is the focus of ongoing US federal litigation described in this article from the Child Law Practice Today July/August 2017 Issue on Kinship Care. The litigation addresses the equitable treatment of relatives who care for children in the child welfare system.

Casey Family Programs,

The Community Opportunity Map is a tool that allows users to see localized indicators connected to community health and maltreatment prevention.

Shar Kurtishi, David Akpan, Tapfuma Murove, Kelley Bunkers, & Doreen Magaji - Journal of Poverty, Investment and Development ,

A desk review was conducted to examine the current gaps in investment related to care and treatment for children living with or affected by HIV.

SOS Children's Villages International,

The aim of this report from SOS Children's Villages is to increase the knowledge and understanding of the needs and rights of young people ageing out of alternative care around the world, in order to inform strategies, policies and services to improve their life chances and outcomes through appropriate preparation for leaving care as well as after-care support.

Dorcas Nthenya Mutiso & Dr. Pius Mutuku Mutie - International Journal of Sociology,

The purpose of this study was to assess the challenges affecting orphans and vulnerable children (OVCS) in Embu County.

Ana-Maria Arriagada, Jonathan Perry, Laura Rawlings, Julieta Trias, and Melissa Zumaeta - World Bank Group,

This note and the accompanying full technical paper examine the existing evidence and the potential for bringing together cash transfer programs and parenting interventions to improve child development outcomes, notably cognitive performance.

Thomas M. Crea, Andrew D. Reynolds, Kelley McCreery Bunkers, Caroline M. Bishop - International Journal of Social Welfare,

This study has reviewed existing literature on the definitions and components of social service systems and provides an analysis of data from key informants in the field of global social welfare.