The COVID-19 Child Protection Response in Italy: Lessons Learned

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Nowhere in the world has been more impacted by COVID-19 than Italy. CISMAI, our Country Partner and 2021 Congress partner based in northern Italy, has been on the front lines of the child protection response and will share what they’re learned and are continuing to learn about the effects of the pandemic on Italy’s child welfare system, and what has been done to mitigate those effects.

This webinar will feature four presentations:

  • Donata Bianchi will give an overview of the pandemic in Italy, including impact on populations at risk; emerging data on the impact of COVID-19; and measures adopted at the national and regional levels.
  • Gloria Soavi and Monica Micheli will discuss the proposals and actions promoted by associations and organizations at the national level.
  • Rocco Briganti will share experiences from the most affected region of Italy, with a focus on respecting children’s rights during a pandemic.
  • Teresa Bertotti will describe the cooperation and integration of policies and interventions across the country.
Donata Bianchi is a sociologist, researcher, and international expert on child abuse prevention and protection and children’s rights. She has been working since the early 2000s as a consultant for the activities of the National Centre of Documentation and Analysis for Childhood and Adolescence. In 1991, she founded Associazione Artemisia, publisher of articles and books on child protection and child well-being.
Gloria Soavi, president of CISMAI, is a systemic-relational psychotherapist and international expert on traumatology and development psychology. She is a court consultant for minors in cases of child maltreatment and abuse and a trainer and supervisor on the issues of protection and treatment of victims of violence.
Monica Micheli, vice president of CISMAI, is a psychologist and systemic psychotherapist and teacher at the Centre for Family and Relational Studies in Rome. As supervisor of the Help Center for Abused Child and Family, a public service in Rome, and an honorary judge of the Juvenile Court in Rome, she has been involved for more than 20 years in carrying out training activities on protection and care of abused children.
Rocco Briganti, CISMAI treasurer and delegate for its international networks and general director of Specchio Magico Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, directs primary prevention activities on child abuse and neglect. He has held various roles in the public administration at local and regional levels, and is a trainer and expert in regional, national, and European planning.
Teresa Bertotti is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento. She has served on the executive board of the European Association Schools of Social Work and president of the Centre for Abused Children and Family Crisis Treatment.



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