The objective of this first meeting was to analyze the current situation and future challenges that vulnerable children will face due to the COVID-19 crisis, both in the short and medium and long term.
The High Commissioner and his Advisory Council have pointed out different consequences that the COVID-19 crisis could have in childhood, such as the impact of confinement on the physical and mental health of children, the widening of the educational gap derived from difficult access of many households to telematic means or the most primary material deprivations, such as proper nutrition, due to the lack of income of families. In all these matters, the government and this High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty are working to reduce these consequences and offer solutions and alternatives for the most vulnerable sectors.
Some of the recommendations on the policies to be developed to alleviate the great impact of the crisis on children include the implementation of a Minimum Vital Income in the shortest possible time and the increase in the benefit for dependent children, more immediate.
That is why the High Commissioner understands as very satisfactory the announcement that the Government is analyzing the implementation of said Minimum Vital Income (IMV), which will be permanent. It is planned that throughout the month of May the regulations that support the implementation of that IMV can be approved. It is estimated that there may be a minimum of one million beneficiary households, of which approximately 10% would be single-parent families.
Likewise, the High Commissioner, Ernesto Gasco, has expressed in the meeting with his Advisory Council his concern about the effect that COVID-19 has on the most vulnerable children from an educational, economic, health and social perspective, and has transferred his willingness, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, to implement cross-cutting policies that limit this impact. "Children are suffering many of the consequences of this crisis, especially those in poverty. It is our obligation to put children at the center of the public policies that we carry out."
This body will meet periodically to convey to the Government the perceptions and recommendations of the different actors actively involved in the fight against child poverty. The objective of this and other activities of the High Commissioner is to implement a country-alliance against child poverty in which all of society is involved.
Composition of the Advisory Council of the High Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty
- Lucila Ballarino. Head of Digital Transformation at Fundación Telefónica
- Carmen Bieger. Director of the Atresmedia Foundation
- Olga sang. Professor of Economics at the University of Alcalá
- Gonzalo Fanjul. Researcher and activist against poverty
- Ricardo Ibarra. Director of the Children's Platform
- Margarita León. President of the Spanish Network for Social Policy and professor of Political Science at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
- Pau Marí-Klose. Exalted Commissioner for the Fight against Child Poverty
- Lucia Martinez. Director of the Social Action and Equality area of the Public University of Navarra
- Carmen Molina. UNICEF Director of Awareness and Child Policy
- Catalina Perazzo. Save the Chlindren Director of Child Awareness and Policy
- Estrella Rodríguez. Red Cross Director of Social Innovation Studies
- Isidro Rodríguez. Director of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano
- Marc Simón. Deputy Director General of the la Caixa Foundation