Data system applied to prevent violence to minors

April 16, 2018
Data system

  The Swiss Tutator Foundation and the Ministry of Justice are implementing the Child and Adolescent Information System (SINNA), which will work on a centralised register of the number of cases, monitoring of processes and the formulation of policies for the prevention of violence against minors, Adrian Piejko, the representative of the international body in charge of the IT development of the project, reported to EL DIARIO.

The Code for Children and Adolescents, Law No. 548, enacted in 2014, establishes as an attribution and responsibility of the Ministry of Justice and Institutional Transparency the creation and administration of SINNA, which is a macro-system composed of three modules: Information Module for Ombudsman’s Offices (MID), Module of the Criminal System for Adolescents (Mospa) and the Right to the Family Module (Modefa).

“SINNA” is a system that aims to gather information on the different realities experienced by children and adolescents in the country. For example, from adolescents with criminal responsibility, children in situations of abandonment, in shelters, workers, with disabilities, etc. One of these populations is children who are victims of violence, and MID intends to collect this information and find out what the situation of this population is, in order to generate policies that will diminish this situation and improve their conditions”, explained Piejko, representative of the Foundation based in Switzerland, Tutator.

This system will also have several security measures, the expert said.

For her part, the Head Director of Children and the Elderly, Ninoska Durán, added that the MID will record information on the cases handled by the Ombudsman’s Offices for Children and Adolescents at national level, which will make it possible to generate statistics on the violation of the rights of children and adolescents, the characteristics of institutional operation, prevention actions and care for children and adolescents.

In the case of the other two modules, the Ministry of Justice will later expand the sources and have information from the departmental social management services (of the governorships), the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the Special Force to Combat Violence (Felcc) and the Supreme Court of Justice.

Last Friday, the Vice-Ministry of Equal Opportunities brought together representatives of the Ombudsman’s Offices for Children from the 87 municipalities and trained them in the use of the first Ombudsman Information Module (MID).

The next step, in approximately two months, is the launch of the Mospa, “for adolescents who have committed a crime, which will show the reality of this sector, what happened before the crime, how it happened and what can be done, so that this adolescent does not reoffend,” Piejko announced.


As for the MID, Tutator has implemented several security measures, both to prevent data loss due to a possible internal or external cyber attack, as well as to keep the information of each case and the identity of the minors who are victims of violence in reserve.

While officials in each ombudsman’s office will be assigned a code, the system has the ability to record every change made by them.

Data from cases will have three levels, the first one is the process management, when the complaint is generated and the staff must feed the system with at least seventy variables and indicators that are required.

However, this private data will only be known in detail by the official of the Ombudsman’s Office that is handling the case, “not that another external person, from another Ombudsman’s Office or even from the Ministry (of Justice) will be able to access the data, no, the child’s identity will be protected there. But these data, on the other hand, will generate other indicators in statistical terms, at national, departmental or municipal level, and these data will be made public so that civil society and the State can work on public policies,” Piejko added, pointing out that 17 typologies of crimes will be taken into account, and even training courses that will be registered by the ombudsman’s offices.

To conclude, Piejko said that the next step, in a period of two months, is the launch of Mospa, “for adolescents who have committed a crime; it will show the reality of this sector, what happened before the crime, how it happened and what can be done so that this adolescent does not reoffend,” he announced.

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