Our goal is to improve migrant children’s social inclusion. To this extent, the Never Alone founders have highlighted the strategic importance of the “voluntary guardian” who is a private citizen who acts on a voluntary basis as the legal representative of unaccompanied children. He/she has passed a special selection procedure led by the regional Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents, he/she has been trained by the same Authority and has been appointed by the Juvenile Court.

 

Despite the progressive enforcement of the reform introducing this new role (art.11, Law 47/2017), however the voluntary guardianship is, under many circumstances, still fragile.

 

That is why some important steps have been taken by Never Alone to support the guardians in the delicate phase of children’s approach to autonomous living before, but also after, adulthood.

 

Within this framework, a significant contribution has been made to the Pass4You project – technical support to voluntary guardians, implemented by INTERSOS and ASGI since October 2019 with a duration of 12 months. This project aims to streamline the guardians’ access to Embassies and Consulates for passports release in view of the renewal of the unaccompanied children’s residence permit.