Can the Síndic act as the Children’s Ombudsman?

Yes, nowadays he can. The Ley de Protección Integral de la Infancia de 2008 (law passed in 2008 related to children protection) envisages the establishment of a new children’s ombudsman, called here Pare d’Orfens, who will be responsible for children’s rights promotion and defence within the Valencian Community. However, this institution has not come into effect yet.

In the meanwhile, the Síndic de Greuges, as human right ombudsman, assumes the defence of children’s rights, dealing with cases of infringement or violation of their rights. Even so, we cannot act in particular cases where solution is pending in Justice Courts (for example, divorce or custody).