Joint Statement on Child Sensitive Social Protection
The joint statement aims to build greater consensus on the importance of child-sensitive social protection. It lays out the particular vulnerabilities that children and families face, the ways that social protection can impact children even when not focused on them, and outlines principles and approaches for undertaking child sensitive social protection. The statement emerged from meetings and discussions between partners to consider and outline the importance of furthering social protection and ensuring it is child-sensitive.
Social protection has long been used in industrialized countries to help ensure that the benefits of economic growth reach the poorest and most marginalized, helping to fulfil the internationally accepted right to a decent standard of living. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the International Labor Organization's constitution and legal instruments on social security all establish social protection as a means for States to protect their most vulnerable citizens. Yet for most of the world's population, adults as well as children, such protection is far from the norm. Also available in French.
The agencies involved in the development of the statement: DFID, HelpAge International, Hope & Homes for Children, Institute of Development Studies, International Labour Organization, Overseas Development Institute, Save the Children UK, UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank