1.9 Current debates and reforms
Forthcoming policy developments
During 2020, a debate was launched regarding a framework law on youth policies, with specific attention to the recognition of youth work.
A discussion is currently underway on a legislative framework initiative in the field of youth policies, which should also include the recognition of youth work.
In January 2022, the Youth National Agency has established a national working group on youth work, which involves youth workers, youth organisations and researchers on the formulation of recommendation and directions for the policies aiming at the regulatory recognition of the figure of the socio-educational instructor (youth worker). The Italian representatives at the third European Youth Work Convention (7-10th of December 2020) have been invited to join the group, together with several actors who joined through a call launched by the national Agency.
Finally, considering the recent PNRR, young people prove to be the transversal, direct and indirect targets of several points of the plan. Addressing the different missions of the PNRR, those who are most immediately correlated with young people are:
-the Mission 1 (digitalization, innovation, competitiveness and culture), that will have an impact on young people for job opportunities and through the interventions for digitalization aiming at, among other things, the completion of school connectivity.
-Mission 4 (education and research), that involve reforms and investments to reduce the structural weaknesses of the Italian educational system.
-Mission 5 (cohesion and inclusion), targeting young people especially in relation with the improvement of job perspectives and of inclusion in situations of marginality and vulnerability.