saltoEffective integration policies building around active citizenship are needed since they are conducive to efficient, sustainable, responsible and inclusive social models. Tailor made responses to support the integration of the youngest generations are an essential investment to guarantee long term successful results and durable solutions. The present action aims at improving the support to young third-country nationals aged 18-21 by strengthening the presence of volunteer citizens (individual or groups) that accompany them in their integration process through mentoring programmes. The implementation of mentoring models will have direct impact on the young third-country nationals’ lives in relation to these key dimensions and policy areas: employment, education, social inclusion and active citizenship.

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ASOP4G - Standard operating procedures for guardians

An alliance to promote the rights of children on the move 

  The project "ASOP4G - Alliance for Children on the Move - Standard Operating Procedures for Guardians" has started in January 2018.

The project's main goal, in particular in Italy, is to support the process of implementation of Law 47/2017, in particular concerning training for guardians. 

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ELUCE Project

"Enhancing the Level of UASC protection through an effective guardianship system in Sicily": a pilot project to train citizens in Sicily

The Regional Ombudsman for Children of the Sicilia Region, with the technical support of Defence for Children Italia and funding of UNHCR will promote in Sicily a pilot project that aims at contributing to the improvement and the standardization of the guardianship system for unaccompanied minors in Sicily through a region-wide training process. The initiative will be implemented in close cooperation and coordination with the Regional Ombudsman for Children in Sicily, UNHCR and the National Council of Social Workers (CNOAS) as well as with the judicial authority (Ordinary-Juvenile Courts) and the Municipal Ombudsperson in Palermo, consistent with the recently approved law 47/2017 “Measures of protection for unaccompanied migrant children”.

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Enhancing PROtection of Children - vicTims of crime

Schermata 2017 12 18 alle 12.09.10

E-PROTECT aims to support the child victims of crime. The project aims to empower the targeted professionals to share experiences, transfer knowledge and build a strong transnational network. E-PROTECT is designed to enhance the capacity of the multidisciplinary professionals working with child victims of crime, the project has adopted a rights-based comprehensive approach. E-PROTECT has underlined to the targeted professionals once again the importance to always put the best interests of the child first. Moreover, the project attempted to reinforce the child’s right to be heard, the right to information, the right to protection and privacy and the right to non-discrimination.

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My Lawyer, My Rights


The right to access (free) legal counsel and representation throughout criminal judicial proceedings is essential to enable children to effectively enjoy and exercise their rights. A good defence plays a major role in the measures taken by the judge and the child’s ability to reintegrate and rehabilitate after the criminal justice proceedings. All the way through a proceeding, the child needs to know how and when to contact the lawyer, what to expect, what to do if this service is not satisfactory, etc.

But even though the right to legal representation for child suspects is recognized, it is unevenly applied by States. Measures taken at the national level are insufficient and the access to a lawyer for children remains a challenge in most European countries.

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Children's rights behind bars 2.0

Promoting children's participation for a positive social reintegration of children deprived of liberty

This project is the follow up of two EU funded succesfully implemented projects: “Children’s rights behind bars – CRBB – Improving monitoring mechanisms” that has produced the first Practical Guide on monitoring places where children are deprived of their liberty, based on 14 national research reports and a strong collaboration with the Council of Europe, in particular its Committee on Prevention of Torture (CPT) and other UN bodies (like the SPT) and  "Twelve - Promoting the implementation of Article 12 of the CRC in the juvenile justice system" that has produced a Handbook - “Children’s right to participation and the juvenile justice system - theory & practices for implementation” - based on national reports as well as an European training module aimed at enhancing participation of children in conflict with the law.

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