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Based on the understanding of poverty and deprivation as multi-dimensional and dynamic, this chapter presents UNICEF’s definition and approach to social protection, as well as the key principles that guide its work. It discusses what vulnerability means and the implications for social protection policy and programmatic work.
The chapter also explores the rationale behind promoting the development and strengthening of integrated social protection systems as a highly effective approach for addressing the multiple and compounding vulnerabilities faced by children and their families - a topic developed further in Chapter IV.
Three core principles to guide UNICEF’s work on social protection are also presented:
Key areas covered in this chapter:
• Definition and conceptual framework
• Lessons learned: UNICEF practice
• Integrated systems for equitable outcomes
• Three key principles for UNICEF’s work on social protection
Evidence on the Impacts of Social Protection on Child Outcomes (Annex B)