One of the main missions of the Pere Tarrés Foundation is the protection and defense of the social rights and well-being of children. With this will we work intensely from the fields of social action and research. In this sense, we have initiated a line of studies on the social promotion of childhood in fields such as health, education, participation, free time and culture. All, with the shared purpose of the different departments of the Foundation to promote children and strengthen their closest environment (family and professionals who have a relationship with them) and social transformation (transformation of society and creation of communities empowered, as opportunities for the exercise of rights).
The Pere Tarrés Observatory for the Promotion of Childhood prepares reports to study the living conditions of children in Catalonia and identify the factors of change and improvement in their environments.
The economic and social consequences of the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the rise in inflation are still lingering for many households, who live in extremely complicated situations on a daily basis. This is evidenced by this report from the Pere Tarrés Foundation which analyzes the conditions of families who apply for a scholarship to participate in leisure activities in the summer.
Using a mixed-method approach, this exploratory study surveyed 31 directors of ASPs administered by the Pere Tarrés Foundation. These ASPs serve almost 2000 children living under the federal poverty level in Catalonia, Spain. Results showed that the primary needs of children and their families revolved around: a digital divide that prevented them from accessing education remotely, financial difficulties, mental and behavioural problems and difficulty navigating pandemic-related information. The study also explores the ASPs' contributions to address such needs, like engaging families, schools and social and health services to meet the urgentneeds of the families, reinforcing school learning, providing support for managing emotions and providing guidance to families to help them better understand health information and gain access to available social and financial resources.
The consequences of the war in Ukraine have been added to the economic and social crisis generated by two years of the pandemic and this has further aggravated the situation of social vulnerability in which many families already found themselves. This is evidenced by this report by the Pere Tarrés Foundation, focused on families from the Tarragona region who have applied for a grant from the entity to enjoy leisure activities in summer.
The successive economic and health crises that we are experiencing have further aggravated the needs of families and are drawing a new profile for families that request scholarships for the summer activities of the Pere Tarrés Foundation. This is stated in the report "No child without summer camps 2021: study on the living conditions of the beneficiary families of the summer scholarships".
The economic and social crisis as a result of Covid-19 is drawing a new family profile that requests scholarships for the summer activities of the Pere Tarrés Foundation. This is stated in the report 'The living conditions of the beneficiary families of the Pere Tarrés Foundation summer activity scholarships'.
Housing is one of the most sensitive indicators of poverty and social exclusion in childhood. The report 'Housing, Childhood and Health', which is part of the Pere Tarrés Observatory for the Promotion of Childhood, highlights that the conditions of family homes have worsened as a result of Covid-19 and are the cause of diseases such as stress or anxiety, in addition to having emotional consequences due to the stigma of poverty and affecting school performance.
This report focuses on the health dimension of the concept of social promotion of childhood. Specifically in the field of nutrition, physical activity and hygiene of children in Catalonia and Spain, considering the impact of social class and gender on health. The data reveals the enormous effect of social class on children's health.