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This is the tenth in a series of primers developed to support policymakers and practitioners in Asia and the Pacific in their efforts to strengthen social protection. The primer highlights the role of child benefits to support families and the implications of different design features that impact on this. 
 
The first primer in this series explores why social protection is needed; the second explains how to design inclusive and robust social protection systems and focuses on tax-financed income security; the third focuses on its effective implementation; the fourth discusses options for financing; the fifth highlights key concepts and schemes required for disability-inclusive social protection; the sixth illustrates how the design of social protection systems can either exacerbate or mitigate the disadvantage women; the seventh highlights key design elements in developing an inclusive and comprehensive old age pension system; the eighth outlines key strategies to ensure the right to maternity leave and maternity cash benefits; and the ninth clarifies understanding around universality in social protection, what it entails and how it can be operationalised.