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Child Safeguarding in Cash Transfer Programming

2012 — By Hannah Thompson

While cash transfers have become a key intervention in emergencies, they also pose increased and additional risks for beneficiaries, compared with other forms of assistance.

Children are particularly vulnerable, and even more so in emergencies. The impact of cash transfer programming on children’s well-being must, therefore, be considered at all stages of the project cycle. Child protection or child safeguarding must be considered in all cash transfer programming, irrespective of the sector in which it is being used.

This practical tool enables you to make your cash transfer programming more accountable to children, by giving you guidance on how to prevent and respond to child protection incidents more effectively. It covers the full programme cycle:
• preparation
• planning
• implementation
• monitoring.

Key points about this tool:
• This tool covers all forms of cash transfer programming: conditional and unconditional
cash grants, vouchers and cash-for-work.
• While this tool applies specifically to emergency settings, it’s also applicable to
non-emergency settings.
• Where child protection specialists are available, this tool does not replace the need to
seek their advice on context-specific issues that you may encounter.