The National Child and Adolescents Guarantor Authority, Save The Children and the Italian Association of Judges for Minors and Families approved the Ethical Charter for Voluntary Guardians of Unaccompanied Migrant Children this spring.
In Italy, three years after the approval of the law of April 7, 2017, n. 47 on measures for the protection of unaccompanied migrant children, there are 3,029 voluntary guardians.
Voluntary guardians are people who willingly decide to exercise the legal representation of a unaccompanied migrant children arrived in Italy without any adult reference figure.
Therefore, they become reference figures who, in addition to carrying out important functions from the legal point of view, can really promote the possibilities of integration of children, supervising the application of their rights, making sure that their abilities, natural inclinations and aspirations are taken into account in the choice of the training path and in general promoting their psycho-physical well-being.
The charter is therefore a decisive step forward that can provide guidance for voluntary guardians to make decisions in the best interests of the child in situations of uncertainty. At the same time, the knowledge of the Charter by UASC will make them aware of the tasks of the guardians so that they can be put in a position to enjoy their rights.
To discover more on the Charter and on the Italian System for voluntary legal guardianship of UASC, please consult the website of the Italian Child and adolescent guarantor authority.
Here you can find the Charter, available in Italian.