Integrated Social Protection Programme for Children with Severe Disabilities

The findings of the baseline monitoring survey in Homs Governorate

Boy bushing other boy on wheel chair
UNICEF/Syria/2020/Abdulaziz Aldroubi

Highlights

UNICEF is supporting the largest social protection programme for children with disabilities in Syria. The Integrated Social Protection Programme for Children with Disabilities provides regular and unconditional cash transfers together with case management services for children living with severe disabilities. The programme is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour through a network of specialized national non-governmental organizations.

The cash component responds to “demand side” barriers and helps families overcome financial obstacles to support children with disabilities access essential services and goods. The case management component responds to “supply side” barriers and helps address the specific protection needs of children and support their social inclusion.

Since the programme began in Aleppo Governorate in 2016, it has reached over 25,000 children in seven governorates across the country. In Homs Governorate, the programme is currently reaching 1,200 children with disabilities.

A new group of 588 children living in remote rural areas of the governorate was enrolled in October 2020. For a 24-month period, they will receive a regular transfer of US$40 per month (provided in the form of eight quarterly transfers of $120). In addition, each child will be accompanied throughout the period by a dedicated and trained case manager/social worker to address her/his specific protection needs and facilitate her/his referral to available social services.

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