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Law could force Spanish kids to do housework

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Under Spain's draft Child Protection Bill, children will have to "participate in family life" and "respect their parents". Children washing up: Shutterstock
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Children will be legally obliged to do housework and respect their school teachers under a new draft law approved in the Spanish Parliament on Friday.

Spanish parents and school teachers may soon have a new weapon in the battle against disobedient children after ministers approved a new draft Child Protection Bill recently.

If the law is passed, children under 18 in Spain will be legally obliged to do household chores "in accordance with their age and regardless of their gender".

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They will also have to "participate in family life" and respect "their parents and siblings", Spain's ABC newspaper reported. 

There are obligations for minors on the school front too: children would have to "respect school rules" and "study as required". More generally these children "will have to maintain a positive attitude" about learning".

At the same time, will also have to "respect their teachers and other staff at education teachers", as well as their fellow students.  

The draft law doesn't set out penalties for children who fail to fulfill these requirements, but marks a new shift in the legislation with its focus on the responsibilities of children.

Other key elements of the proposed bill include the establishment of a list of known paedophiles who could be banned from working with children.

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Schools and companies hiring staff to work with children will have to ask applicants to provide a copy of their criminal record. 

The legislation would also require people working with children to report possible crimes against children and failure to do so will be considered a crime of omission.

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