Social Transfers and Child Protection

Innocenti Working Papers 2013-05

Social Transfers and Child Protection
  • Format
    • Barrientos, Armando;
    • Byrne, Jasmina;
    • Peña, Paola;
    • Villa, Juan Miguel;
  • Date of Publication
    • 2013
  • Pages
    • 44
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 683U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


The paper assesses the available evidence on the potential effects of social transfers on child protection outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: the negative outcomes or damaging exposure of children to violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect, and improved outcomes or a reduction in exposure to these phenomena. The study identifies and evaluates three possible channels through which social transfers can influence child protection outcomes: direct effects observed where the objectives of social transfers are explicit chid protection outcomes; indirect effects where the impact of social transfers on poverty and exclusion leads to improved child protection outcomes; and potential synergies in implementation of social transfers and child protection. It also discusses how the design and implementation of social transfers can contribute to improved child protection outcomes.

A revised version of this report was published in the Children and Youth Services Review


Thematic area

Child Poverty   /  Social Policies   / 


child protection   /  poverty   /  rights of the child   /  social security benefits   /  transfer income   /