Journal Article

IDS Bulletin Vol. 40 Nos. 1

Taking the Long View: What Does a Child Focus Add to Social Protection?

Published on 1 January 2009

Recognising that many indicators of vulnerability among children, such as malnutrition or poor educational performance, might reflect intergenerational problems has profound implications for the design and implementation of social protection programmes.

Treating the symptoms of these problems is of course essential: a malnourished child needs immediate nutritional support and a child who is failing at school needs special attention.

But the argument of this paper is that ‘taking the long view’ is imperative if the reasons why children are malnourished, or failing, are to be correctly identified and adequately addressed.

Importantly, the analysis implies directing interventions not exclusively at the children who are at risk, but at others in society who are responsible for the care of children.

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Sabates?Wheeler, R., Devereux, S. and Hodges, A. (2009) Taking the Long View: What Does a Child Focus Add to Social Protection?. IDS Bulletin 40(1): 109-119


Rachel Sabates-Wheeler

Rural Futures Cluster Lead

Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow

Anthony Hodges

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IDS Bulletin, volume 40, issue 1


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