The BCN 0-17 Observatory, lives and rights of children and adolescents in the cityis a municipal knowledge programme commissioned to us by Barcelona City Council which provides data and analysis on the lives and rights of children and adolescents in the city and the policies that affect them.
This programme is based on three main elements:
- The need to analyse how children and adolescents live with a comprehensive approach to guarantee the principles of higher interest of the child in local public decisions and progress their rights (UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1998).
- Childhood as a strategic phase of the life cycle that needs commitment and investment in order to break the cycle of disadvantage and promote equal opportunities (EU Recommendation on Investing in Children, 2013).
- The need to better direct and assess public policies that affect children and adolescents based on evidence and to better understand the diverse and unequal lives of all children and adolescents (Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Spain 2018).
This is structured into two core lines of work:
- KEY DATA ON CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN BARCELONA:With the aim of improving understanding of the living conditions of children and adolescents, the annual report Key Data on Children and Adolescents in Barcelona is published, based on analysis of data from the Comprehensive System of Indicators on Children and Adolescents of Barcelona (SIIIAB) which, at present, contains 150 indicators originating from 28 sources including surveys and administrative records provided by 19 municipal services and public institutions. At present work is being done on an open data viewer in which, providing that the data allow for it, the indicators are broken down by territory, sex, nationality and age group. The viewer should permit analysis of tendencies, advances and regressions in the main indicators on childhood.
More information on Key Data on Children and Adolescents in Barcelona
- LABORATORIES: Laboratories are spaces for focalised knowledge that can take on different methodological formats, for example applied research, assessments, advice or debating and working sessions around a specific subject, etc. The aim is to answer relevant questions on local public policies affecting children and adolescents in the city in order to improve the positive impacts on their lives and on the progressive exercising of their rights.
Laboratories in process:
- What do we know about poverty and inequalities among children in Barcelona? Diagnosis for understanding and evidence for combating it. Internal conference on childhood poverty in Barcelona planned for April 2020 (data to be reviewed depending on the evolution of the Covid-19 crisis).
- What is the impact of the housing emergency on children and adolescents in the city? Forced expulsion, gentrification dynamics and evictions in the lives of children and adolescents in Barcelona. Ethnographic research in the Ciutat Vella district to gather the experiences and testimonies of children, adolescents and adults affected by forced expulsion from their homes.
- How can we improve the educational achievements of children and adolescents in Nou Barris? We are participating in a work group with the people’s services area in the Nou Barris district to define a strategy for the coordination of municipal resources to maximise the opportunities and educational continuity of children and adolescents after compulsory education.
Laboratories already held:
- What are the subjective impacts of the 0-16 Fund on children, adolescents and their families?(Report from July 2019, publication pending) More info
- What do we need to know in order to improve attention to unaccompanied migrant children and young people? Twork sessions in May-July 2019 with the Detection and Intervention Service (SDI) of the Municipal Social Services Institute to direct the creation of an Observatory on the reality of children and young people who migrate alone.
- How do families with children attended by social services live? (report from July 2018) More info
Laia Pineda (management)
Maria Truñó (management 2016-2019)
Laia Pineda (coordination 2016-2019)
Mari Corominas (technical support and data analysis)
Kenneth Pitarch (technical support and data analysis)
Laia Curcoll (publication and comunication)
Project commissioned by:
Barcelona City Council’s Area for Social Rights, Global Justice, Feminisms and LGTBI
In collaboration with:
Barcelona City Council Municipal Data Office
Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB)
Barcelona Education Consortium (CEB)