Save the Children (SC) is a worldwide independent organisation on the ground in 120 countries to reach children through programs on health, education, protection and disaster relief. In Europe, SC works to promote a positive impact of EU and national policies on children’s lives. To respond to the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children, SC runs programmes in many European countries, including close to border areas, focusing on emergency assistance, child protection, information and psychosocial support, training and education. SC also runs day centres for unaccompanied children and hotlines, and supports activities on guardianship.
Save the Children is being working in the country since the end of 1998, focusing on particularly disadvantaged or difficult childhood situations. Working against educational poverty and all forms of online and offline violence and abuse, supporting migrant minors, especially those who find themselves in Italy without their families, engaging in promoting full access to education and participation of all children are among its main initiatives in the country. Save the Children Italy promoted Law 47/2017 on protection of unaccompanied minors, which includes provisions on recruitment and training of voluntary guardians.