Who are Italy’s care leavers and how many are there?

by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.05.26

In Italy, there are nearly 3,000 minors who having just turned 18, are forced to leave the homes that had taken them in, due to a newly acquired adult status. These so-called “care leavers”, are young people without legal protection while still minors, and who must become independent much earlier than their peers, who, unlike them, can enjoy the stability of a family. This very delicate issue has recently been addressed in a secondary Italian report, based on an earlier international study conducted by SOS Children’s Villages International with London University College. Which for the first time, shed light on the social, economic, logistical obstacles to employment stability, and, thus, economic independence, created by the current legislation. The aim of the study was to investigate the structures, policies, practices, and support mechanisms that can impact the “employability” of these young people who can no longer count on a safety net of legal protection, and their successful integration in the workplace.

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