Since 1993, SOS Il Telefono Azzurro Onlus has been promoting and implementing without any public funding, the Children and Jail (Bambini e Carcere) Project, with the aim to protect children whose one or both parents are in jail.

For this project, the organisation has signed a Protocol of Understanding with the Department of Justice – Department of Prison Administration, which was renewed in 2019 for three additional years.

The minors in contact with the prison environment find themselves in a complex and delicate situation that is often unclear, confusing and it is rarely explained to them. More often than not, parents themselves hide their predicament to avoid the stigma.

In a rigidly organised system, requiring order and control, regular rhythms and consistent attitudes by its very nature, it is often difficult to consider, manage and especially promote aspects such as the realm of love and affection, relations with the outside world and the protection of children and adolescents involved.

The relationship with a parent represents not only a fundamental need and right for the children involved, but it is also a necessary step for the detained parent to achieve the restorative scope of the sentence, according to art. 27 of the Italian Constitution.

Two programmes, one goal

The project is divided into two programmes with the same purpose:

  1. Playroom Project, organised in the facilities where detained parents are visited by their children, in order to reduce the impact with the difficult reality of the prison, during and after the meeting with the parent.
  2. Nursery/ICAM Project, for children aged 0-6 whose mothers are in jail.

The project is centrally coordinated on a national level, but locally managed by volunteers, aged 18-75, appropriately trained and periodically updated, who work in close collaboration with prison officers.

Telefono Azzurro Projects in Italy

Telefono Azzurro follows around 1000 minors every month, thanks to the constant presence of over 200 volunteers, specifically prepared and trained by the organisation.

Each group of volunteers benefits from professional supervision by experts in the organisation.

We work in the following prisons:

BOLOGNA – CASTELFRANCO EMILIA – CHIAVARI – FERRARA – FIRENZE – FORLÌ – LIVORNO – MASSA – MESSINA – MILANO – MONZA – NAPOLI – NOVARA – PADOVA – PALERMO – PESCARA – PISA* – PRATO – REGGIO EMILIA – ROMA – ROVIGO* – TORINO

*Project about to be launched

Further information


For further information on the Children and Jail project send an email to bambiniecarcere@azzurro.it or call 0599787000.


Would you like to join this project?

Telefono Azzurro involves hundreds of volunteers around Italy, If you would like to join us, email us at coordinamentovolontari@azzurro.it

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