Child and Adolescent Care Services: Addressing the Vulnerability of Unaccompanied Minors in Barcelona

Ruth Vilà Baños, Montse Freixa Niella, Angelina Sánchez Martí, Maribel Mateo Gomà

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Although unaccompanied minors became visible in Spain in the late 1990s, they are still seen as a new migratory phenomenon, provoking numerous debates and questions around appropriate responses.
This chapter aims to unveil the rights and wrongs of the current protection system in Catalonia through analysis and discussion of the role of socio-educational intervention in overcoming the prejudicebased
discourses and attitudes that criminalize these migrants. In a descriptive study, staff from all the centres of the protection system of the Barcelona General Directorate for Child and Adolescent Care
were interviewed. Results showed that overcrowding in the protection system was causing tensions and dysfunctions. Great efforts must be made to develop individualized educational interventions adapted
to unaccompanied minors’ specific situations and to facilitate their integration. Five main recommendations and a range of future lines of research derive from these findings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Promoting Social Justice for Immigrants and Refugees Through Active Citizenship and Intercultural Education
Place of PublicationCastilla-La Mancha
PublisherIGI Global Publishing
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)978179987285, 9781799872849
ISBN (Print)9781799872832, 1799872831
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

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