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

  • Rachel Sabates‐Wheeler
  • Stephen Devereux
  • Anthony Hodges
Volume 40 Number 1
Published: February 5, 2016
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.
From Issue: Vol. 40 No. 1 (2009) | Intergenerational Transmissions: Cultivating Agency?