Parents and schools support training families to prevent violence against children but do not

They demand that representatives of the centers, families or teachers be counted on to design this initiative

Associations of fathers and mothers and educational centers have positively assessed the Strategy for the eradication of violence against children and adolescents, promoted by the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda, and approved this Tuesday by the Council of Ministers, which marks as one One of its objectives is to train families, including fathers, mothers, grandparents, uncles and other caregivers, to promote a culture of good treatment and prevent violence against children.

“The training has to be carried out by specialized personnel, psychologists or social workers, people who are prepared and not just any teacher,” the president of the Spanish Confederation of Student Parents’ Associations (CEAPA), María Capellán, told Europa Press. .

The president of CEAPA believes that receiving this training will be voluntary, although she considers that the majority of families “will be willing” to receive it, although parents who have violent behavior “will be reluctant.”

In order for the majority of families to receive these guidelines to prevent violence against children, Chaplain has proposed including training in tutorials, in which the tutor would be accompanied by an expert. “It is a way for those violent parents to access and go without feeling singled out,” she specified.

Thus, he has urged that, instead of carrying out a tutorial per quarter as stipulated by law, when the course is going to begin, it is reported that there will be four tutorials that will also include that training. “That way parents don’t get away,” she pointed out.

The president of the organization considers this initiative “great” since she thinks it is necessary to train families in this regard. “Not even those of us who are involved at these levels like mine are adequately prepared on these issues,” said Capellán, who has opted for the ministries to contact the federations of fathers and mothers.

Along the same lines, the general director of the Association of Private and Independent Schools (CICAE), Elena Cid, has “positively” assessed all the measures and steps taken to continue advancing in the protection of children, eradicating and preventing violence and safeguard their well-being.

For this reason, it has stressed the importance of “efforts being made in this direction” from the schools. “We must ensure that they are safe spaces for learning and coexistence for students, it is where they spend a large part of their daily life and it is also their main space for socialization”, he added.

On this point, Cid has affirmed that from private schools, both teachers and guidance departments “actively work to raise awareness, educate and promote initiatives that prevent any form of violence.” For this, teacher training, collaboration with families and maximum surveillance at school “are key aspects.”

Administrations, centers and families have, as indicated by the general director of CICAE, “the challenge ahead of detecting and intervening in any situation that undermines the integrity of the minor, also taking into account the challenge that technology, social networks and new means of communication also mean in this area”.

The deputy general secretary of Catholic Schools, Luis Centeno, has also transferred his support to “any initiative aimed at eradicating any type of violence against children or young people”, something that he considers “essential” and that they have “always done” in their centers.

However, he has qualified that the “problem that these types of strategies usually have” is that “they are designed without having the representatives of the centers, nor of the families or of the teachers, who are the ones who have to apply them”.

Likewise, he has warned in statements to Europa Press that “there is no coordination between public administrations.” Specifically, he recalled that both the Law for the Protection of Children and Adolescents from Violence and this strategy originate from the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda and, although it contains measures for schools, the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training ” has not participated, nor are there resources to implement elements such as the Well-being and Protection Coordinator that must exist in each center”.

Training for families to prevent child violence is, in the opinion of Catholic Schools, “essential” and should be done “collaboratively, following elementary coherence” and that its delivery “corresponds to guidance services, tutors and social workers “. “We fear that in practice it will be very uneven, depending on the autonomous communities. We do not know if the necessary indications will be given to impart it,” she said.

Parents and schools support training families to prevent violence against children but do not