A child plays on the pier of Salerno port in front of immigrants disembarked from the Spanish ship 'Rio Segura'  | Credit: ANSA archive
A child plays on the pier of Salerno port in front of immigrants disembarked from the Spanish ship 'Rio Segura' | Credit: ANSA archive

The first training course for citizens who intend to become voluntary guardians for unaccompanied minors in Piedmont has got underway. There are approximately 1,000 unaccompanied foreign minors in the region.

The first training course has got underway in Piedmont for citizens who have put themselves forward to become voluntary legal guardians of unaccompanied foreign minors, namely children and adolescents who have arrived in Italy without their parents or another legally responsible person. 


Over 1,000 minors hosted in structures in Piedmont 

500 Italian citizens aged 25 and over have put their name forward to act as legal guardians to the over 1,000 unaccompanied foreign minors present in the region. Of the first 180 applications examined, 145 are university graduates. They will have to help the young people primarily from a legal point of view, as would a parent exercising parental authority. However, the aim is for them to also become a cultural and emotional point of reference for the young people. 

100 volunteers to undergo training 

100 prospective volunteers will follow the first course at the Campus Einaudi in Turin, where they will learn about the role of the juvenile court and social services, permits of stay, how to recognize signs of maltreatment or abuse, and how to build an effective relationship. The initiative is the result of a convention between the Piedmont region, regional guarantor for childhood, ANCI and the University of Turin. The lecturers will work free of charge and the local banking foundations have helped cover the cost. 
 

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