Foster care and unaccompanied and separated children: the involvement of the local community

The program aims to promote a protective, supportive, and inclusive environment to UASC, a category of children that – in light of the lack of adequate parental care – is at systematic risk of exclusion and neglect. The program has been developed in the framework of the Child Guarantee, as part of the models to be implemented, tested, evaluated and documented and that will feed into a new Child Guarantee Recommendation, expected to be promulgated by the European Union in 2021. The program has been built on the already existing UNICEF’s efforts to strengthen the Italian foster care system and in complementarity with the testing of other different alternative care models and with the capacity building of social services which UNICEF will carry out in the framework of the Child Guarantee.