The Child Protection Service of the Delegation of Equality, Social Policies and Reconciliation of Almeria has received the honorary distinction of the National Police Corps attached to the Autonomous Community of Andalusia in recognition of the merits of its collaboration and support to this Unit. “We are very happy for this well-deserved distinction that we have received thanks to the years of involvement of all the workers who form or have formed part of the Child Protection Service”, emphasised the provincial delegate for Equality, Social Policies and Reconciliation. Rafael Pasamontes wanted to extend his thanks to the Prevention and Family Support Service and the rest of the staff of the Delegation, “where I have found that this involvement is being generalised in the rest of the units, which is to be celebrated because it results in a better service for all citizens”.
The Minors’ Protection Service, coordinated by Manuel Magán, is made up of around thirty professionals from different disciplines who are currently responsible for the guardianship, immediate fostering or administrative care of 506 minors. The province has thirty-three centres for the protection of minors which take in 323 children and 144 in foster care in the form of extended and external families.
This department also coordinates and manages seven flats for minors who have reached the age of majority and currently has fifty-two places for them in the province of Almeria. This work is carried out through different departments, such as the Guardianship Units (Juvenile Teams), the Protection Centres, the Foster Care and Adoption Department, the Migrant Minors Department and the Administration Department.
“It is important to emphasise and highlight the great effort and dedication of the professionals involved in the different phases and procedures in the field of protection, and especially that of my colleagues in the Child Protection Service, who respond on a daily basis to the needs that arise”, the provincial delegate highlighted. Nor did he want to forget the performance of the rest of the people who form part of this system, such as the professionals from the Andalusian Regional Government’s own centres or from the subsidised centres; from the provincial Prevention service; from the Red Cross as the collaborating entity for Family Integration; from the foster families, from the Community Social Services, from the Family Treatment teams and from the Family and Community Social Services; Family Treatment teams and a long list of professionals who collaborate in the protection of the most vulnerable minors, such as the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Office, the Health System, the Education System, Judicial Bodies or the specialised units of both the Guardia Civil and the National Police.
Both the provincial delegate and the head of the Protection Service, who received the award, agreed on the importance of coordination with these bodies in tasks ranging from the execution of protection measures, the transfer of minors in conflict, the location of minors and family members, the preparation of reports or issues that arise on a daily basis and which provide great support for the children’s services. “This coordination takes on greater relevance given the need to protect such vulnerable population profiles to which our interventions are directed”, Pasamontes highlighted, who expressed his wish that “this involvement between the Child Protection Service and the National Police Unit will continue as close as it has been until now because we must not forget that the lives and the future of many children in Almeria and throughout the Andalusian community depend on us”, he concluded.