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Monday, October 21st, 2019

Why Spain Is One of the Safest Places to Raise a Child

alfresco playingWe all know that children need a safe environment to grow up happy and healthy. By working together in their communities, Spanish people have found the key to provide their kids with the perfect balance between freedom and responsibility, and that is safety. They can rest assured that, if there is another parent with children nearby, they will be keeping an eye out as well.

Down below we present several reasons and information points to explain how and why Spain is a safe country for children.

Figures Show Spain Is Among the Safest Countries in the World

Spain is among the top 20 safest European countries according to Numbeo’s Crime Index, a database that provides current information about living conditions worldwide. Furthermore, if we turn to their figures on quality of life, Spain is even closer to the top, at the eleventh position.

As for the little ones, according to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, Spain is among the best countries for a child to grow in as a foreigner. From the 33 reviewed countries, Spain is in second place when it comes to ease in making friends and learning opportunities; it also holds eighth place in schooling quality. Overall, Spain is the second best location for little expats.

Within Spain, the province of Valencia and the Costa Blanca are two valued areas because of their peace and quiet, as well as the high quality of life they offer. In fact, the hard work and cooperation of national and local police forces ensure improvements in the safety of coastal towns in Alicante and Valencia year after year.

3 Reasons Why Spanish Streets Are Safe for Children

Growing up in Spain has many advantages, especially if the child lives in a smaller town or in a residential area. Here we have listed three examples:

  • Children are able to run around the neighbourhood freely and safely. There are many parks and play areas for youngsters where they can work off any excess energy as well as make new friends with local kids.
  • Other families are always nearby, and there is an unspoken rule that everyone will keep an eye out for the little ones. Evidently, there is no one better to look after the children than their own parents, but this sense of teamwork is a Spanish cultural attribute that gives everyone a little extra peace of mind.
  • Additionally, in almost every city in Spain there are programmes and initiatives to make the streets a safe environment for children, since it is healthier for them to spend time playing outside and connecting with their peers. A great example of this are groups that walk kids to school, which ensures they exercise and also teaches them consideration for the environment.

Kids Are Always Welcome

Spanish society is incredibly family-centric, it functions counting on the presence of children in most activities, whether they are local festivities or everyday life. This philosophy shows in their inter-generational relationships; you will observe small children comfortably conversing with elderly people in any small town. If you move to Spain, this may not happen for your kids right away, but with time, rest assured that the locals will welcome the entire family into the community.

It is common for families in Spain to do most activities together: go out for meals, go to the cinema, visit museums, enjoy a walk, or even spend time together relaxing on a terrace. It is also common to see several families together, adults happily sipping a drink while the kids play nearby, out of harm’s way. Since this mind-set is a part of the culture, the result is a safe environment for children across the peninsula.

Schools Will Look after Your Children

When looking at the safety and well being of children, schools are definitely worth a mention. Spain has several types of education systems: state, private and a combination of both. Some public education centres have incorporated bilingual programmes, but more often than not the schools that offer curriculums in English or French are private.

However, these private schools are accustomed to pupils who do not speak Spanish and their teachers are prepared to make them feel comfortable and safe, providing the perfect environment for learning. Staff in these facilities are also attentive and used to keeping a closer eye on the safety of the students, making sure they are well looked after during their time in school.

At Rimontgó we have the tools to help you find the perfect place for your children to grow up safe and happy. We are here to assist you with anything you may require during your move to Spain with your family. Feel free to get in touch for more information; we are looking forward to talking to you!

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