|AUTHOR||Rebecca Holmes and Armando Barrientos|
|TOPIC||Child-sensitive social protection|
Increasingly, social protection in conceptualised as a set of public actions that address poverty, vulnerability and risk throughout the lifecycle. Such actions may potentially be conducted in tandem with private initiatives - either formal private sector or informal individual or community initiatives. Children's experience of risk, vulnerability and deprivation is shaped by four broad characteristics of childhood poverty and vulnerability: multidimensionality, embracing both monetary and non-monetary aspects of poverty; changes over the course of the lifecycle; the relational nature of childhood derived from the situation of dependence on adults; and the particular voicelessness that characterises children's status in society.