Promising practices in Social Protection for children

The most promising UNICEF-supported social protection practices for children in Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Montenegro.

Two children from a Roma community stand in a poor suburb of Tirana, Albania.


This paper documents promising practices in social protection for children in Europe and Central Asia, as well as UNICEF’s support for national social protection systems and policies. Drawing on a study of UNICEF-supported social protection practices across the region, it documents examples of the most promising practices from five countries: Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Montenegro. All of these address the problems of vulnerable children in a holistic and sustainable way, linking different components of social protection systems, building wide partnerships, and introducing new models and work processes. 

Several have resulted in significant system changes that could improve children’s lives. 
Analysis of these reveals two successful approaches. The first is extending the targeting and increasing the adequacy of child- and family-related cash benefits, which can have a rapid impact on child poverty and vulnerability. The second is developing more responsive and integrated social care and support services for the most vulnerable children.

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