2021 was a turning point in the fight against child poverty, with the launch of two landmark initiatives, the EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child and the European Child Guarantee.
As EU Member States submit their Child Guarantee National Action Plans, Eurochild will share highlights from each plan that members, children’s rights advocates and influencers can use in their own work to ensure children’s rights remain high on the political agendas across Europe.
The Italian government submitted Italy’s Child Guarantee National Action Plan (NAP) on 12 April. The Italian NAP was drafted in collaboration with several Civil Society Organisations and its implementation will be monitored by inter-institutional steering committees.
The Italian Child Guarantee National Action Plan focuses on:
- early childhood education and care, by increasing childcare coverage for the first 1000 days by 50% (100% in pre-school);
- education, by ensuring a daily healthy meal in schools, expanding the numbers of fulltime places and supporting the integration of minors with a migrant background.
- children in alternative care, by extending the Programme of Intervention for the Prevention of Institutionalisation (PIPPI); supporting Care Leavers and developing specific measures for Roma, Sinti and Caminanti children.
In January, Eurochild also released a set of recommendations for the Italian Child Guarantee National Action Plan.
Despite the deadline on 15 March, only 10 EU Member States have released their National Action Plan at the time of publishing of this overview. Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their plans and to work on ensuring the Child Guarantee National Action Plans helps end child poverty.
This overview presents highlights extracted from the National Action Plan (NAP) from Italy published on 12/04/2022. It is not exhaustive nor does it evaluate the NAP and uses the same terms as those in the NAP. It is intended to summarise key elements & to signpost stakeholders to other relevant analyses.