Safe spaces for children fill up on the Costa del Sol

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NEUTRAL: The meeting points offer a safe place for children caught up in family conflict situations Credit: Shutterstock

A TOTAL of 842 children in ‘conflict’ situations were cared for at Family Encounter Points (PEF) in the city and region of Malaga city and Marbella within the first six months of the year.

Some 586 files, 418 of which (71 per cent) dealt with by the Junta de Andalusia, were of a ‘violence against women’ nature.

The public resource, which is managed by the ministry of Justice and the Interior, deals with children caught up in cases dealt with by the courts.

The meeting points offer a neutral space to allow minors to interact with their parents and relatives who do not have custody following a judicial process.

In cases of gender violence, PEF procedures are adopted to avoid contact between the aggressor and victim, while setting a time protocol that complies with court measures imposed on the person investigated or punished.

The team of specialists are made up of psychologists, social workers and teachers, specifically trained to deal with cases of family conflict.

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