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Introducing a pioneering standard for child protection in Spain, promoted by Porticus in Iberia

09/05/2022

  • UNE 0070 Specification aims to promote a culture of protection and care for children, adolescents and vulnerable people.
  • The new standard includes elements to enable organizations to demonstrate their ability to effectively manage protection against violence in their realm of activity and to contribute to creating protective environments. 

Madrid, 9 May 2022 - The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published the UNE 0070 Specification, promoted by Porticus in Iberia, a new standard which aims to promote a culture of protection against violence for children, adolescents and vulnerable people.

This standard is a useful tool that will serve as a reference, support and continuous improvement for public administrations, organizations in the tertiary sector and other social action organizations, and the fields of education, sport, leisure or free time that work with minors and vulnerable members of the community.

The official data collected by the Observatory for Children of the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 contain an estimate of 15,688 communications in 2020 from the different Autonomous Communities regarding possible cases of child abuse against minors[1], coinciding with the trend of recent years. Similarly, the National Association of Clinical Psychologists and Residents (ANPIR) estimates that 35% of mental disorders diagnosed in adulthood are related to experiences of this type in childhood.

UNE Specification 0070 includes elements to enable organizations to demonstrate their ability to effectively implement protection measures to protect against violence in their realm of activity and to contribute to creating protective environments. The new standard not only seeks to prevent abuse, but also presents a series of guidelines that help organizations establish good dynamics and mutual treatment and care within organizations that work for, with and on behalf of minors and vulnerable persons, on the basis of recognising each person's inherent dignity.

The group developing the standard was governed by María González (Porticus Iberia) as president, UNE as secretary, and Tomás Aller, Founder and CEO of the Institute of Innovation, Development and Social Impact (iidis), as project leader, with the participation of a number of tertiary sector entities working with minors and vulnerable persons, together with universities, other donor entities and stakeholders. The UNE standards are drafted with the participation and consensus of all the parties involved.

Specification UNE 0070 was presented at an event that was inaugurated by Paloma García, Director of Standardization Programmes and Stakeholder Engagement at UNE. The seminar was attended by María González, Country Manager of Porticus Iberia; Irene Salgado, Programme Manager of Porticus Iberia; Marta Fernández, UNE's Head of Governance, Ethics and SR; Ricardo Ibarra, director of the Platform of Childhood Organizations (POI); Jorge Cardona, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Valencia and former member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Tomás Aller, CEO and founder of the Institute of Innovation, Development and Social Impact (iidis).

A round table was also held to analyse the impact of this new standard, with the participation of Raimon Novell, coordinator of the Children's Protection Team of the Champagnat and Maristas Foundation; Restituto Ramos, Head of Social Innovation at the Foundation for Education and Cooperation; María Eugenia Larrégola, Director of Institutional Relations and Communication at Fundación Lealtad; Virginia Cagigal, Director of UNINPSI, the Clinical Psychology Unit at Comillas Pontifical University, and Myriam Cabrera, Director of the Chair of the Rights of the Child at Comillas Pontifical University.