Child-sensitive social protection

Roelen, Keetie (2021). Child-sensitive social protection. In: Schuering, Esther and Loewe, Markus eds. Handbook on Social Protection Systems. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 368–377.



Child-sensitive social protection (CSSP) seeks to promote programmes and systems that improve children’s lives, both at present as well as in the future. Despite important strides in the fight against poverty in the past two decades, many children still face multiple deprivations and live in vulnerable conditions. An estimated 385 million children aged 0–17 live in extreme poverty (using USD 1.90 per day per person as the poverty line) (UNICEF 2019b) while 665 million children in this age group experience multidimensional poverty (based on the Multidimensional Poverty Index) (OPHI 2018). Children are disproportionately affected by poverty: children aged 0–14 account for 46 per cent of all those living in extreme poverty (World Bank 2018) and are more than twice as likely to experience poverty than adults are (UNICEF 2019b).

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