This Open Symposium is a public opportunity to share the results of a two years project, Stand ByMe, and to relaunch a local and transnational alliance.

An Italian-to-English interpretation service will be available for participants.

Stand by Me. Shaping paths towards citizenship for young care leavers.
23rd of October 2020 – 09.00 -13.00

Web-in-air on Zoom

Stand By Me is a European project aimed at supporting boys and girls ageing out from alternative care systems in Milan (Italy), Nicosia (Cyprus), Brasov (Romania) and Gothenburg (Sweden). A transnational working team has carried out participatory research activities, training courses for professional and capacity-building workshops in each context, developing knowledge and skills on the process of care-leaving for young people.

This Open Symposium is a public opportunity to share the results of a two years project and to relaunch a local and transnational alliance on the basis of a set of guidelines designed by an enlarged working group that involved over 200 people among policy-makers, professionals and young care-leavers in four different European countries.



Introduction by

Susanna Galli Training and Equal Opportunity Manager at the Economic and Social Development Department of the Metropolitan City of Milan, leader organisation of Stand By Me

9.30 Welcoming:

Frames – Harmony and coherence to overcome fragmentation

Mirella Silvani President of Lombardy Association of Social Workers

Paths – Specific attention to everyone’s needs and dreams

Gianni Fulvi President of CNCM – National network of residential care for minors (CNCM)

10.00 Thematic opening:

Europe – The Best of Youth

Edoardo Vigna Journalist and writer


Stand by me: Skills – Tools, methods and knowledge in the field

Andrea Rampini Researcher at CODICI | Researcher and intervention


Looks – For an integrated approach to care-leaving – The Italian experience

Adriana Ciampa Director at General Directorate for fighting against poverty and for social – DIV IV- Ministry of Work and Social Affairs (Rome, IT)

Donata Bianchi Head of the Research and Monitoring Service of Istituto degli Innocenti (Florence, IT)

The international experience

11:00 Eu1 – Care leavers experience in Cyprus

Mrs Marina Efthymiadou Social Welfare Services department of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Insurance of the Republic of Cyprus

11:15 Eu2 – De-institutionalisation, care leaving and participation in Romania

Mr. Andreas Elgaard JensenPresident of the Institutionalized Youth Council and coordinator of the “I Want Home” project, Romania

11:30 Eu3 – Youth policies in Sweden


Handholds – A welfare within everyone’s reach

Lamberto Bertolè President of the Milan City Council


Voices – The point of view of care-leavers

Nadia Agnello, Navyndia Apuleya Care Leavers Network Agevolando (IT)


Perspectives – links and territories for a fearless look to the future

Stefano Laffi Sociologist and researcher at CODICI | Research and intervention

12.50 – 13.00

Closing: Susanna Galli

Registration with Credits (for Italian attenders) at:

by clicking on ‘iscriviti al corso’ by the 22/10/2020

The recognition of credits (FCO.AS) valid for the purposes of continuous training of social workers was requested; the minimum required attendance threshold is 80% of the total hours provided. The course will take place in online videoconference mode. The registration will be confirmed by email. The technical information, with an indication of the link to access the meeting on the online platform, will be sent to the participants by email. The certificate, which can be downloaded from the site, will be issued in digital format, with the extension .p7m and digitally signed, in accordance with DPCM 13/01/2004 and Resolution CNIPA 4/2005.