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Childhood Strategy for Spanish Cooperation

A few months ago was presented the Childhood Strategy for Spanish Cooperation and from Spiral Consulting Children we want to echo the lights and shadows of this document and what it means.

estrategia_infancia_aecidFirst, is cause for joy that Spanish Cooperation has a framework document that frame all children's issues, which had been claimed by children's organizations had already been for years. We still surprising that children continue to be in such a secondary plane, being as it is a part of life for all people spent largely determines the rest of life. But finally it has published the Strategy for Children, and that is cause for celebration, although there appeared much later than other strategic lines.

On the other hand, is congratulating the participation of entities from childhood has been real and effective, and claims may be perceived and guidelines for working with children from a human rights approach in chapter 3, “Framework”, with clear ideas but perhaps too summarized for those who do not know in depth the scope of the principles and concepts set out.

The chapter 4, “Framework for Action”, collects the set of objectives and guidelines for all aspects considered as priority:

  1. Democratic governance childhood: basically, approach include the rights of children in all interventions, and enhance the consideration of children's rights at all levels.
  2. Reducing vulnerability and promoting social cohesion, FSN, health, education and water and sanitation.
  3. Gender equality and empowerment of girls.
  4. inclusive and sustainable economic growth that takes into account children, and adolescents.
  5. Involving children, and adolescents in environmental sustainability.
  6. Specific considerations on children in humanitarian aid.
  7. Building a global citizenship that takes into account the Rights of the Child and facilitates the involvement of children, and adolescents.

It seems that this analysis is quite comprehensive, which addresses all aspects globally integrated. Of course, It is a step in that direction, but we in Spiral Consulting Children strikes us that there is a specific line to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against children (as it does exist on Sustainable Development Goals, the goal 16.2 “Ending abuse, The explotion, trafficking, torture and all forms of violence against children”). It is true that appear references to protection against violence, as the strategic line 2.4.6. against violence in educational settings (But what happens in other environments, especially in the family and in the community?), the line 3.2.2. for the elimination of violence against girls (and what about children?) or line 6.1.1. on care for child victims of violence, is, exploitation, sexual abuse, forced prostitution, rape or domestic violence in emergency and humanitarian aid (And what it is done in situations other than emergency?).

In summary, It is a document that provides a framework to discuss childhood and cooperation with professionals from multiple fields (not necessarily childhood) and laying the foundation to move forward. We hope that one of these advances is the inclusion of an integrated approach of prevention and eradication of violence against children, and that can be included in the revisions that are provided in the document within a few years.

We hope you find of interest,

F. Javier Romeo

Workshop “The key emotional resilience” at the First International Congress in Madrid EDUCO 23 October 2015

congreso_educoWorkshop “Keys emotional resilience” given by Pepa Horno in First International Conference EDUCO “The welfare of children and their rights”, organized by the NGO Educo of 22 the 24 October 2015. Pepa also participates as a member of Academic Committee of Congress.

Date: Friday 23 October 2015, the 11:15 a 14:15.

Place: CaixaForum
Paseo del Prado 36

See the program and more information and to register on the website of the First Congress Educo.

[Original Entry 9 September 2015, updated 23 October 2015, date of the workshop.]

For people who want to see again in the workshop shared video, It is available on the blog 'Video “ReMoved” on fostering’.

“More alone than ever”, Save the Children report on poverty and single-parent families

Write this post and disseminate the report “More alone than ever”. Child poverty in single-parent families the Save the Children It has value in itself working in spirals CI because it reflects the violation of the rights of children growing up in single-parent families in our country. But for me it has added value I want “confess”.

First, because I am a single mother of a gorgeous 8 years, so I know very well the reality of the talking this report. I have the great fortune of never having suffered economic or job insecurity, but I know of exhaustion, Fear, the need for emotional and logistical support from loved ones without which it would not have been able to raise my son. Being a mother or father alone, whether for whatever reason, It implies an undeniable emotional cost and staff. In my case it was an option chosen, and that makes it easier to live in fullness, but if it is an option that life takes you inadvertently or in a situation of personal duel (Separations, deaths…) that burden may turn against the same, and from there against our children.

mas_solas_que_nunca_save_the_childrenAnd second, because the report is very good. As I told the Save the Children team that developed, It is clear, forceful and painful read, as it can not be otherwise. And if you want to check, Do the test, and read only the paragraphs quoted collecting testimonies of mothers and children. About love, Delivery, fighting, but also of loneliness, of anguish and despair. I participated in this report with the best of me: my professional background and my personal experience. And I'm glad reading the result even more that I did. This report is part of a stage of collaboration with Save the Children to get back to my life, as stated in the name of our consultancy, as a spiral welcome.

Social and structural changes require new front look realities. Single parents will grow, and the society in which we live condemnation of these people, mostly women, to very clear conditions of inequality and in many cases, precariousness. And that conviction, again, rests also on their children. I know concepts as diverse as the reconciliation between family and work life, extracurricular activities, benefits, or depletion charge another meaning having your present reality. And it should be.

The complaint, It comes the duty of institutional response. So I hope.

Pepa Horno

Public investment in children

unicef_ceet_infancia_en_presupuestosA couple of weeks, Spanish UNICEF Committee published a study by the Thyme Economic Research Center (CEET) called Childhood budgets. Estimated investment in child-related policies in Spain and its evolution between 2007 and 2013 which has been heavily discussed in social networks, mainly because it has highlighted the decline of public investment in childhood and adolescence and the investment disparity between regions.

But the study also points out other aspects from Spiral Consulting Children feel should be included on the agenda of advocacy for all people, organizations and institutions working towards the rights of children.

On the one hand, should be required clarity and disaggregation of information reflected in public budgets, to access so easy and transparent access to data and to analyze investment from different perspectives:

  • According to lifecycles of children (early childhood, school, adolescence) as the impact of investment in early childhood affects the development of the following stages and is essential to establish the basis of equity. It also allows analyzing whether the specific needs of each cycle are covered.
  • According to socioeconomic status, to analyze if the investment reaches the needy or vulnerable groups, ensuring equitable distribution of resources.
  • Allowing comparison with other budget or actual expenditures, to keep track of the actual investment made and compare with other items in the state budget, analyze the volume and composition of resources allocated and how efficient they are used.
  • To assess the investment effectiveness. For this purpose the budgets should be developed based on results to measure the performance of institutions and the use of public resources in programs or projects that achieve the results required.
  • To provide the accountability mechanisms on public investment in childhood and adolescence, which may be at parliamentary level, by supervisory bodies, by independent human rights institutions, inter. Access to information by citizens is essential to ensure transparency in the use of public resources in fulfilling the rights of children.

On the other hand, must be strengthened spaces and participatory processes by citizenship, including children, for budgeting at different levels. There are already some experience at the municipal level, that can serve as an example to establish participatory mechanisms in the budgets of the autonomous communities. Society as a whole, including children, must assume a leading role in decisions that affect them directly, as is investment in public policy.

Last, should be established Minimum investment standards in childhood at the state level Spanish to avoid inequities and ensure equal opportunities for all children, and adolescents, to facilitate the use of indicators to measure the impact of such investment policies and programs for children and adolescents, giving more importance to the results and quality of the volume invested.

To date investment in children has depended on the political will of successive governments, It is time to become a priority of state and with the participation of citizens, and especially, voice of children, and adolescents.


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.


The human rights-based approach

In the previous newsletter we announced our new section International Consulting, give more visibility to our work on issues of international cooperation and humanitarian action, both in Spain and internationally.

Like everything we do from Spirals CI, this line of work is also based on the approach to human rights and its relationship to children. It raises an approach that includes the concepts of human dignity, the value of each person as a subject of rights and as belonging to a community, the role of government and the national and international normative framework of human rights.

Although it sounds just like a theoretical approach, and in many cases it remains a mere formality, its actual implementation is possible. For this there are different methodologies and tools, allowing not only direct interventions from this approach, but also measure its impact through the full exercise of human rights.

In that sense, we like to share the latest publication CIDEAL for Cooperation and Research Foundation entitled The human rights-based approach in programs and projects and developed by Manuel Gómez Galán, Daniel Pavon Piscitello and Hector Sainz Ollero. It is a concrete proposal to incorporate human rights based on the daily practice of the programs and projects focus.

This material can also be used to incorporate the human rights approach in other types of social interventions and apply it to a specific group such as childhood and adolescence.

We hope you find it useful.


Presentation at the International Congress: “Vulnerable families, resilient families: innovations against social vulnerability” in Madrid

Vulnerable familiesPresentation at the International Congress “Vulnerable families, resilient families: innovations against social vulnerability” organized by First Alliance, in Madrid

Dates: Thursday 7 November 2013
Hours: 9:00-18:30
Place: Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid
C / Alberto Aguilera 25.
Classroom Pérez del Pulgar.

[Original Entry 27 September 2013, updated 7 November, end date of the activity.]

Child Series “Kipatla” for sensitization against various forms of discrimination

The CONAPRED, National Council to Prevent Discrimination of the Ministry of the Interior of the Government of Mexico, has developed an outreach program for children called Kipatla (the fictional place where all stories are developed called “Change” in the Nahuatl language).

It is a series of chapters featuring children that reflect different forms of discrimination experienced by children from different groups in your country.

The chapters reflect gently but clearly and with a constructive approach to positive resolution different violations of children's rights.

Although the contents are based on the Mexican reality, are videos that can be easily extrapolated to the reality of our countries and families can see easily with children and from there to talk about the different problems.

Apart from this entrance is inserted into more, dealing with a positive approach integrating all aspects (of the sensory motor disabilities, of ethnic or religious differences, disadvantages such as HIV / AIDS or poverty…) . You can see the complete series here. We hope that the fruit of wide conversation on changing vision of the problems faced by children in their everyday and their possible solutions.

Javier and Pepa

Unicef ​​report on child poverty in Spain

UNICEF presented the report in May “Children in Spain 2012-2013, the impact of the crisis on children”.

From Spiral Consulting Children want to thank Unicef ​​report as necessary as legitimate at the moment. The institutions must visualize and prioritize the impact the economic crisis is having on children.

The study includes data that prove chilling poverty in Spain affects, in number and intensity, to children than any other group. And that only includes data up to 2010, that is yet to see the evolution in the last two years.

But the report also includes indicators of subjective well-being of children to consider two key factors in your life: receiving affection and concern for the emotional well perceived in their families.

The report contains statements of children who have participated in it that better reflect the impact of any statistical, so it just this entry: “Our parents are out of work, take away the pay, we do things with them… are afraid of running out of your home… our house”.


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