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Italy's 2024 Biennial report on the implementation of the Child Guarantee – an overview

Three years after the adoption of the European Child Guarantee, EU Member States are releasing the first report on its implementation. The reports offer an overview of the context, target groups, and services established to execute the European Child Guarantee’s National Action Plans. Additionally, they include sections covering indicators, financing details, and insights and conclusions gleaned from the implementation process.

The Italian Government submitted its 2024 Biennial report on the implementation of the Child Guarantee in April 2024.

The report focuses on:

  • Early childhood education and care: The 2021-2025 Multi-Year Action Plan of the Ministry of Education funds regional projects on construction, renovations, safety, and energy-saving in public buildings. The Plan also aims to reduce operational costs and enhancement of services, alongside training for staff. 
  • Education and school-based activities: Investments focus on structural upgrades and human capital development, targeting regional inequalities. The South Agenda aims at tackling school dropout rates in more than 2,000 schools.
  • Healthy meal each school day: In 2022, the Food Bank distributed 110,000 tons of food to 1,750,000 people.
  • Healthcare: Initiatives focus on gender-specific medicine, disability inclusion, family health services, and early childhood development, including a focus on the first 1000 days of the child’s life.
  • Adequate housing: The Housing Plan supports housing initiatives across unoccupied public properties.
  • Social inclusion and family support: Activities include integrating Romani, Sinti, and Traveller children through multifunctional services and enhancing social inclusion, such as the Care Leavers project. The Intervention Program for Prevention of Institutionalisation under the 2021-2023 National Plan for Social Interventions innovates family support practices to prevent family separation.

Eurochild and its members will continue to call on Member States to release their biennial reports and work to ensure the Child Guarantee National Action Plans help end child poverty.

This summary provides key highlights from the Biennial report on the Child Guarantee implementation in Italy published in April 2024. It is not exhaustive or evaluative.




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