The platform was officially established yesterday, Wednesday 11 April, and includes the entities: AcladAlborada, Aldeas Infantiles SOS Galicia, Fundación Amigó, Asociación Abuse and Maltrato Infantil NO, Asociación Arela, Federación ASDE-Scouts, Federación Aspace, Fundación Ayuda en Acción, Cruz Vermella, Fundación Diagrama, Fundación Educo, Escola de Tempo Libre Don Bosco, Federación Don Bosco, Instituto Galego de Xestión para or Terceiro Sector Igaxes, Federación Marcha Compostela, Fundación Meniños, Fundación Secretariado Gitano, Fundación Tierra de Hombres, Centro Trama , Unicef and Asociación Viraventos.
In addition to the aforementioned, others who participated in this act were: José Manuel Rey Varela, Councilor for Social Policies of the Galician Junta, various political and civil authorities, María del Carmen Fernández Morante, Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Santiago de Compostela, and Fr Santiago Domínguez Fernández, Salesian in charge of Salesian Youth Centers in Spain and Secretary General of the Platform of Childhood Organizations of Spain.
The general objective of this Platform is the protection and the promotion of the Rights of the Child, as established by the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN convention with the highest number of national ratifications in history, which is also supported by the Spanish Parliament. The National Platform was created in 1997 and currently includes 59 organizations, including the Salesians of Spain, represented by Fr Domínguez, who is also its Secretary General.
From this common area, the organizations shall be working to promote general and sectoral policies aimed at increasing children's well-being, denouncing and monitoring situations of violation of children's rights, as well as raising society's awareness regarding the knowledge and respect of and for children's rights.