Department for Family Policies
Since it was established by Law no. L. 451/97, and subsequently regulated by Presidential Decree no. 103/2007, the Institute has managed the activities of the National Centre for Documentation and Analysis on Childhood and Adolescence. Today, the Institute carries out the activities of the National Centre through three-year activity plans and according to the provisions of Law no.n. 8/2020 , and in agreement with the Department for Family Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The plans also include activities to support the application of Law no. L. 269/98 on the exploitation of prostitution, pornography and sex tourism involving minors as well as activities supporting family policies. The Centre, which was set up to support the National Observatory on Childhood and Adolescence, is responsible for collecting and organising the documentation produced in Italy on issues related to: a) children and adolescents, b) monitoring their condition, and c) the state of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It also promotes publications, information campaigns and meetings on these issues.
Thanks to a specific cooperation agreement with the Department, the Institute also performs the National Centre’s information, promotion, consultancy, monitoring and technical support functions as provided for by Law no. L.285/1997.
Commission for Intercountry Adoption
Since the end of the 1990s, and on the basis of specific cooperation agreements, the Institute has been collaborating with the Commission for Intercountry Adoption in order to carry out analysis, monitoring, training, promotion and information activities in the fields of competence of the Commission under Law no. L.476/1998 and subsequent regulations set out in Presidential Decree no.DPR 108/2007 . These activities are currently performed by the Institute within the framework of the agreements governing relations with the Department for Family Policies of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers under Law no. L.8/2020 on the functions of the National Centre.
Ministry of Labour and Social Policies
The Institute has been working for over 20 years with this Ministry under specific agreements in order to provide technical and scientific assistance, documentation and statistical analysis, research and monitoring, and perform training and dissemination activities in relation to policies for the protection and promotion of children's rights. Today, these activities focus on supporting the implementation of the 2021-2023 National Plan of Interventions and Social Services and its two components – the 2021-2023 National Social Plan and the 2021-2023 National Plan of Interventions and Social Services to Fight Poverty – as well as the implementation of the Child Guarantee (that sets up a European guarantee for children). Furthermore, support is given for the implementation of specific actions of the PNRR, for national projects that are headed by the Ministry and for the implementation of law 149/01 on adoption and fostering.
Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents
Since 2018, the Istituto degli Innocenti has been working with the Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents to provide technical and scientific support for study, research, documentation, monitoring and exchange activities at national and international level.