Child Sensitive Social Protection: Addressing child poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Children from poor households are more likely to receive poor healthcare, inadequate nutrition, achieve lower educational attainment and consequently not achieve their full potential. They are likely to grow up into poor adults and continue the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

Social protection policies are an essential element of realizing child rights and breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Policies designed and implemented with children in mind can significantly increase positive outcomes for them, including educational attainment, health care access, adequate nutrition and reduce the risk of abuse, exploitation and neglect. Save the Children and the Africa Platform for Social Protection believe that child-sensitive social protection as a concept can reduce the vulnerability and poverty among children by ensuring that social protection measures lead to meaningful investment in children.

This publication is a joint effort to build a common understanding of what Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) is and why is it needed. We hope to inspire civil society and governments working on social protection to see children and child poverty differently. However, the key lies in understanding the principles of CSSP and the modalities of implementing social protection policies and programs.

As part of the CSSP framework for the region, this publication will feed into an operational toolkit that will guide on the process of analyzing child deprivation in a country or regional contexts; interrogate existing social protection policies and programs; and offer options for engagement with the view of enhancing CSSP outcomes.