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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Montserrat Fargas-Malet & Dominic McSherry - The British Journal of Social Work,

This article presents the findings from the Mind Your Health study conducted in Northern Ireland, which analyzes the experiences of young people in care and their carers in accessing and engaging in mental health services. 

Joseph Lelliott - International Journal of Refugee Law,

This article explores the protection of smuggled and trafficked unaccompanied minors under the United Nations Protocols against the Smuggling of Migrants and Trafficking in Persons and calls for a more substantive protection-based framework to address the issue. 

James Bell Associates with the Urban Institute - National Home Visiting Resource Center,

The 2017 Home Visiting Yearbook presents, for the first time, the most comprehensive picture available of home visiting on the national and state levels, revealing the breadth of home visiting in the United States and identifying the gaps in practice. 

Kathryn McMillan QC & Megan Davis,

This independent review into Queensland's youth detention centres examined the practices, operation and oversight of the state's two youth detention centres in Townsville and Brisbane, in addition to evaluating the effectiveness of programs and services delivered in Queensland's youth detention centres.

Jonna Karlsson - UNICEF,

This UNICEF presentation describes the need for social service workforce strengthening in East and Southern Africa and presents recommendations based on a case example from Rwanda. 

Kathryn Leslie - Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children,

This presentation provides an overview of recent efforts and developments to end violence against children in all care settings around the world. Persisting global challenges and opportunities at the national, regional and global levels to end violence against children are also identified.

Rebecca Theuri & Isabel de Bruin Cardoso - Save the Children & Maestral International/East African Community,

This presentation provides a background on the East African Community (EAC) Child Policy (2016) and describes the minimum standards and corresponding framework and strategies for providing services to children and young people within the East African Community. ​

Ruth Koshal - Girls Not Brides,

This Girls Not Brides presentation provides an overview of child marriage, its impact and relationship to violence against children and alternative care, offering recommendations for research, policy, and practice at global, regional, and national levels when it comes to preventing child marriage and responding to those impacted.

Akua Boatemaa Duah - Challenging Heights,

This presentation describes the social protection interventions being implemented to support children in Ghana, as well as the benefits and challenges experienced in administering these programs. 

Beatrice Ongalo – SOS Children’s Villages,

This presentation describes the issue of violence against children in alternative care settings in East and Southern Africa and offers recommendations on how to strengthen the care workforce to ensure it is equipped to prevent and respond to violence against children in alternative care.