We are working in collaboration with the Centre for Social Protection at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University on an exciting new research project on the links between social protection* and children’s care.

This project will aim to examine three key questions:

1. What is the potential impact of social protection on the loss of parental care and decisions between care options (e.g. between residential care, foster care, kinship care etc.)?

2. To what extent does social protection reach and support children outside of parental care (e.g. in foster care, kinship care)?

3. What is the potential impact of social protection on the quality of children’s care, in relation to their psycho-social well-being, and relationships between children and carers?

The project will initially take place in Rwanda (August), Ghana (November) and South Africa with members Uyisenga Ni Imanzi, Challenging Heights and CINDI respectively. The research will focus on large scale social protection schemes, which use cash transfers and public works programmes to provide assistance to poor households. Findings will be ready by April 2014.