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State Pact for Children

Fewer children in Spain and for every two people who leave the country have an incoming. Addition, one in four children under the poverty line and from the 2010 Spanish investment in children has decreased, Spain is the second country in the European Union, after Greece, at least able state intervention to reduce poverty. Therefore, is necessary to generate a social and political consensus centered on the welfare of people and that puts children in political action.

These are some of the facts mentioned in the report prepared by the Spanish Committee for UNICEF, Children in Spain 2014. The social value of what children: to a State Pact for Children. This report provides a different view of the the lack of protection, poverty and violations of rights experienced by many children in Spain, promoting state pact involving all political actors, economic and social, including families and children.

From Spirals CI agree with the political approach must have issues related to children and therefore we support the signature collection UNICEF for a State Pact aims to address such pressing issues as the development and adoption of a law on violence against children, give children greater participation in political decisions, track investment in childhood and policy coordination, fight against child poverty and social inclusion, and ensure inclusive and quality education.


Global survey on violence against children “Towards a World Without Violence”

One of the problems we encounter when working in child protection, and adolescents from violence is the conceptualization. Different positions have different concepts of what violence, and specifically what constitutes violence against children. It is a complex issue, in which positions can be based on personal views, cultural beliefs and superficial visions of violence and its consequences. So guides have agreed internationally always provides something solid on which to start building.

Advising on these weeks to an entity that wants to measure violence experienced by children, and adolescents with whom you work I referred to the interesting document Towards a World Without Violence. Global survey on violence against children (Toward a World Free From Violence. Global Survey on Violence Against Children, its full title in English), coordinated by Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations on Violence Against Children. In the most recent data it collected (It was published in late 2013) worldwide on violence against children, as it is estimated that between 500 million and 1500 millions of children suffer some form of violence, or the cost of child maltreatment accumulated throughout life is about 124.000 million US dollars annually what includes, eg, the cost related to medical care, Social Protection, the justice system and lost productivity (You can read more details of the economic cost of violence in various countries in the page 19 of complete study in English). But there are also encouraging details, as the increased visibility of this phenomenon and to take measures in this regard in many countries, and as the European Union estimates that Each euro invested in prevention of violence produces a social performance 87 EUR (also on page 19 of complete study in English). Technically very interesting guidance is provided regarding the collection of data, especially pages 81 and 87 of complete study in English.

It is very useful the summary version in Castilian, collecting general data, major progress, the main concerns and challenges and general recommendations including that “Governments must recognize the importance of collecting disaggregated data on violence against children” (in the page 10 of summary).

I hope you find it of interest.


Sexuality is a part of life

Some afternoons, when I go to the park with my daughter, I meet a blind couple and their two children. I think of great courage mother and father decide to be unable to see, More challenging still fears that are common to all of us, parents, as might be lost, falling or getting hurt. Fortunately, increasingly less amazing to see people with disabilities by developing activities of daily life with full normality, overcoming the barriers that society has imposed on those people.

I am also happy to think that these people may have formed a couple, have children, be a family without being influenced by their disability. His image paternity / maternity fully developed form, accompanying their children to the park like any parent, It makes me reflect on the importance for all people sex education, and how this influences our identity.

From birth we are sexual beings, and development of our sexuality (and I do not mean sex) conditions our view of ourselves, our identity, how we relate to others and our well-being. It also allows us to recognize our feelings, when we feel good or are not comfortable with a situation or person, It is a protective element in situations of abuse or violence.

If in most societies still it remains a challenge to talk and support the development of sexuality in our children, much more difficult it is if that child has a disability. The fears, taboos, difficulties in finding appropriate words and gestures are multiplied by the way we parents to understand the ability of sexual development or sexuality of our children.

From Espirales CI we think that the right to sex education must be exercised from the first steps regardless of the condition, either sex, ethnicity or disability, inter. Therefore, we want to spread this material for parents, called “It's part of life” made in Uruguay by the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development next to Sex Education Program ANEP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

The publication contains some basics about sex education, sexuality and gender, promotes the role of the family and provides advice and recommendations concerning sex education work with children with physical and mental disabilities.

Working sex education for children with disabilities is an essential tool for inclusion and to promote full development.


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