Schools will have a coordinator against bullying next year

The colleges the figure of a coordinator school welfare and against bullying that he listens to minors and warns of any situation of ‘bullying’ or violence, as they have agreed this Monday Government and autonomous communities on the roadmap for the application of the child protection law.

The Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 has presented in the meeting of the Sectoral Conference on Children and Adolescents held this noon a document with the timing of implementation of measures of the law for the protection of children against violence (LOPIVI,) in force since last June.

During her speech, the minister, Ione Belarra, has apelado to consent between the different public administrations to implement the law: “We have to draw up a common, clear and coordinated roadmap to guarantee its compliance.”

Among the measures agreed by the administrations, the importance of launching the 2022-2023 academic year has highlighted the ffigure of child welfare coordinator in educational centers and the protection delegate in sports and leisure entities.

“They should be the part that is responsible for implementing the plans and protocols in the educational, leisure and sports fields, listening to minors and their warnings about any type of violence, and communicating risk situations”, has asserted.

The document endorsed by the regional governments, to which has had access, establishes the implementation in September in all schools of the school coordinator and sets common criteria for the implementation of various measures provided by law in the following terms:

First quarter of 2022: minimum recommendations and clear mechanisms

The document establishes for the period between January and April 2022 a series of recommendations minimum requirements to guarantee comprehensive care for minors who are victims of violent crimes and, in any case, crimes of a sexual nature, trafficking or gender violence, to promote their recovery through specialized services.

It is set to fix clear, confidential and accessible communication mechanisms, of support and complaint for children, as well as a catalog of actions to improve resources against digital violence, as well as that they are known by families, professionals, schools, sports organizations and, in general, by society. This will include the deployment of toll-free helplines, electronic media, or digital platforms, among others.

Finally, they will develop common action protocols in schools, sports, Security Forces, centers for minors, victims of gender violence and human trafficking.

Between May and August 2022: specialized training

For the second semester, the document bets on the contents of the specialized training of professionals and the analysis of the development of the coordinator figures in schools, sports and leisure.

In June 2022, communities must present prevention programs and the eradication of violence against minors in the family, education, health, social services and Security Forces, among others, to include them in the National Strategy for the Eradication of Violence and transfer it to the Government.

From September to December 2022: coordinators already operational

The document foresees that, September to December 2022 the coordinators are already operational of the schools and the leisure and sport protection delegates. It will also include the modifications to reinforce specialization and composition of the intervention teams of the social services, as well as the changes to guarantee access to defense and free representation for victims.

January-March 2023: Record on Violence

Finally, the document states for the first quarter of 2023, the launch of a Unified Registry of Social Services on Violence against Children (RUSSVI) with statistical information from primary school social services and the entity for the protection of children.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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