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More than 1.1 million euros to help families with children at risk of exclusion

The aid will benefit 93 local entities throughout Andalusia and is expected to help more than 6,000 families and 12,000 children.

The Regional Ministry of Equality, Social Policies and Reconciliation has allocated 1,129,112 euros to the province of Almeria to finance the treatment teams for families with children at risk or unprotected, which operate in the Provincial Council and the 6 town councils of municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants. This year, more than 13.7 million euros (13,794,607 euros) will be invested throughout Andalusia.

This amount will cover the period from 1 May 2022 to 30 April 2023, according to the Order published in the Official Gazette of the Andalusian Regional Government (BOJA) on 23 February, which can be consulted at https://juntadeandalucia.es/eboja/2022/37/BOJA22-037-00004-2797-01_00256069.pdf.

Specifically, in the case of Almería, the funds will be divided between the Provincial Council (444,030 euros) and the town councils of Almería (177,612 euros), Adra (88,806 euros), El Ejido (120,526 euros), Níjar (88,806 euros), Roquetas de Mar (120,526 euros) and Vícar (88,806 euros).

The aim of this programme is to provide families with minors at risk or unprotected with a specific and integrative treatment that allows the acquisition of rehabilitative guidelines that compensate for the situation that may directly or indirectly affect the welfare of minors.

The aim is to preserve the rights of the children, promoting their integral development in their family environment; and to enable their return to their family of origin in those cases in which, after the adoption of a protection measure, family reunification is considered as the priority and most appropriate alternative for the children.

Currently, these teams for the treatment of families are made up of 462 technicians and 92 coordinators who work in 84 municipalities with more than 20,000 inhabitants and in the 8 provincial councils with the aim of improving the conditions of families in situations of social risk, so that they can adequately exercise their parental functions and avoid the separation of fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.

These 92 Teams will be joined by a newly created one, which will provide its services from next July, in the Cartaya Town Hall.

For the territorial delegate for Equality, Social Policies and Reconciliation, Rafael Pasamontes, the family treatment teams are a key part of the child protection system, and this is reflected in the new Children’s Act, “which is firmly committed to collaboration with Andalusian families, especially those in situations of social vulnerability, always with the aim of protecting these children and detecting risk situations that threaten them”.

Likewise, and after highlighting the work of these multidisciplinary professionals, she recalled that the interventions carried out through these teams prevent separation from the family environment in more than 80% of cases, “so that the children can remain at home, with their families, as is our objective”. “These figures reaffirm the need to extend and consolidate the network of family treatment teams and family support programmes and resources”, Pasamontes emphasised, adding that his ministry is already working on a new decree to regulate this treatment programme for families with children at risk or lacking protection.

“Our aim is to bring this programme into line with the Children’s Act or the Procedure for action in situations of risk and neglect of children and adolescents in Andalusia (SIMIA)”, said the regional delegate for social policies, “consolidating the continuity of the service and giving stability to the teams”.

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