CarINg - Empowering Child Care Systems and Supporting Leaving Care From Inside

Empowering Child Care Systems and Supporting Leaving Care From Inside

Fare rete per favorire l'autonomia dei care leavers
A network to promote the autonomy of
care leavers .
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CarINg adotta un approccio ecosistemico che unisce careleavers, professionisti dei servizi sociali e attori locali

per creare un modello locale integrato basato sull’Approccio delle Capabilities

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CarINg aims at helping girls and boys in the alternative care system
become protagonists of their own future by making them feel part of a welcoming community

CarINg is a European action-research project that supports boys and girls leaving the alternative care system (care leavers) in realising their life project:

It focuses on care leavers, involving them in all phases of the project and supporting them during the process of preparing for independence.

It provides tailor-made training for social service professionals and stimulates the community to network around the needs and aspirations of carer leavers.



Action-research will provide recommendations on how to improve policies for care leavers with a special focus on preparing, facilitating and accompanying young people during and after the process of leaving the care system.



The project provides tailor-made training for professionals in protection systems focusing on the importance of listening to care leavers and their right to participate


Care leavers and future care leavers


Professionals of the alternative care system




Local Authorities

The project

CarINg adopts an ecosystemic approach that brings together care leavers, social service professionals and local actors to create an integrated local model based on the Capabilities Approach.


The project follows 3 directions :

it involves care leavers in a participatory research.

it involves social workers in training sessions to support care leavers in transition to adulthood.

it involves local actors to create opportunities for the autonomy of care leavers.


The action-research will provide recommendations on how to improve territorial policies that enable care leavers to shape and pursue their own life project.

Main objectives

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    Main objective 1

    To train and raise the awareness of all the actors in the community in order to guarantee that care leavers are listened to and that they have the right to participate in the decision-making process that affects them.

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    Main Objective 2

    To improve the quality of support and protecting the rights of children living in protection systems, with a focus on preparation, facilitation and accompaniment during and after the process of leaving the system.

News about the project

care leavers formazione preparazione all'autonomia partecipazione diritti caring alternative care

Care leavers: the expertise of experience

In April, SOS Children's Villages Italy concluded the training "Preparing for Autonomy" carried out in the cities of Florence and Prato with…

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Standards for alternative care provision: a legal framework

The CarINg project focuses on boys and girls living outside their family of origin. The aim of the report "Analysis of the…

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Third partners meeting of the project CarINg

On Friday 11th February 2022, the third partners meeting of the CarINg project was held in Milan, at the University of Bicocca.…

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The project CarINg is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union