CNCA ‐ Coordinamento Nazionale Comunità di Accoglienza (National Coordination of Care Communities) was established in Turin in 1982.
It is a Federation of about 250 Third‐Sector organisations, located in 19 out of 20 regions in Italy, including social cooperatives, support centers, care and treatment communities, etc.
CNCA is active in all fields of disadvantage and marginalisation, with the aim of promoting citizens’ rights and social well‐being. Its main aim is to foster debate and channel the views of member organisations, in order to contribute to local and national development on social and economic policies and on the organisation of social services, in the different fields of intervention.
The guiding principles sustaining CNCA are translated in the idea of “welcoming communities”, able to provide guidance, solidarity and support to everybody’s life, and in particular to disadvantaged people.
CNCA works with: problematic drug and alcohol users and people addicted to gambling, prisoners and ex‐offenders, physically and mentally disabled people, homeless people, women and children victims of trafficking for exploitation, people affected by AIDS, migrants, unemployed, children and young people with personal and family problems on social integration and community involvement initiatives.
To pursue the above‐mentioned aims, the Federation’s main activities are the following:

  • promote exchanges between local experiences; develop a cultural and political presence, in order to translate the daily experience with disadvantaged people into a project;
  • implement research on social change and individual characteristics of disadvantaged populations;
  • organise training, educational and counselling initiatives, in order to improve the effectiveness of services managed by the member organisations;
  • promote labour market inclusion of disadvantaged people, through cooperation between public and private organisations, on the basis of the 276/03 Italian law;
  • provide advice and support to people with any type of disability;
  • define possible common actions to fulfil the aims of the Federation.


The Finnish Youth Research Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1988, for the purpose of promoting multidisciplinary youth research in Finland. It is an internationally acknowledged centre for youth research, and a leading scientific organisation in the field in Finland. The Society develops youth research and provides information and expertise on matters relating young people – studies, perspectives, interpretations and political stands. The Finnish Youth Research Society conducts research through the Finnish Youth Research Network (FYRN) and cooperates with universities, research institutes and various professionals in the field of youth work and youth policy.
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Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu is a network of healthcare facilities, teaching and research, integrated in two major areas: General Hospital and Mental Health. This structure allows to provide comprehensive quality care, both in the health and social aspect, promoting a more proactive model of community-based services. In the area of the Mental Health, prison network included, a wide range of specialized devices in mental health and adults rehabilitation has been developed in the region. Innovative formulas of health care are also promoted in the General Hospital to avoid conventional hospital stays and promoting the ambulatory care.
Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu is part of the centers belonging to the Hospitaller Order of Saint John, specifically in the Aragón-Sant Rafael Province. The origin of the Hospitaller Order dates back to the 16th century and is present in 50 countries on five continents under the value of the hospitality, care reception, promotion of health, support and commitment with the most vulnerable realities of each period and society.
The institution has grown, consolidating and diversifying the portfolio of services with the aim of making stronger and up-to-date its values and its mission towards PERSONS. The main objective is to constitute a solid network of integrated accessible services, and establishing, supporting and reinforcing the relations with the citizens and the territory. Only in this way it will be possible continue fighting with a firm step against the social stigma, historically linked to people who suffer a mental illness.
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Children and young people all over the world are in need of protection and special care when they come into conflict with the law. This is the inspiration behind the establishment of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), which offers an inter-disciplinary system of information, communication, debates, analysis and proposals concerning the development of juvenile justice in the world.
The IJJO was created in 2003 and obtained the Belgian status of Public Interest in 2006. Its headquarters are based in Brussels and it receives the support and sponsorship from a variety of universities, organizations and government departments, as well as from International bodies such as the European Commission.

Its main objectives are:
• To be a permanent international forum for professionals in juvenile justice all over the world.
• To ensure an international, comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to a JUVENILE JUSTICE WITHOUT BORDERS.

In order to achieve its objectives, the IJJO carries out different activities:
• Our webpage is the main provider of on-line information and documentation centre focus on juvenile justice.
• The coordination of research studies and collaboration in comparative analysis among experts.
• Advocacy and counselling for international and national organisms.
•Training activities, capacity building and technical assistance programmes for national Ministries.
• Organization of conferences, events and thematic workshops, attended by participants from all over the world.
• The setting-up of regional think – tanks which aims to join main experts in a network.
• Raising awareness through International Campaigns.

Since its launch in 2003, the International Juvenile Justice Observatory has achieved a number of successes, among which, the creation and strengthening of an important network of collaborators and users of its webpage around the world. It also gained the recognition of renowned institutions such as the United Nations, Council of Europe, and even the European Union, or has set up collaborations agreements with different Universities, regions or Ministry of Justice from Europe and beyond.
In order to improve intervention with minors, the IJJO focuses on training and research as two of its action priorities. Thus, the IJJO created the International Scholl for Juvenile Justice as a training and research space aiming at the development and dissemination of knowledge, as well as the promotion of training activities in areas related to juvenile justice.
The IJJO has set Councils for Juvenile Justice to connect with national and local realities and needs and to better reach their goals: the European Council for Juvenile Justice, the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice, the Latin-American Council for Juvenile Justice, the North-American Council for Juvenile Justice and the African Council for Juvenile Justice.
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The Don Calabria Institute has assisted youth in difficulty from the early 1900’s within its structure. It is from the Second World War, through the goodwill of the founder San Giovanni Calabria, this assistance became the specific mission.
From 1974 the Casa san Benedetto was officially created, continuing to provide assistance to many of the youth of the city of Verona.
Over the decades, Casa san Benedetto has developed many types of diversified services to cope with minors disease. Following the socio-cultural and legislative developments, in recent years, the organization of the Institute is increasingly modified and adapted to the required quality standards.
Principal areas of intervention are: a) Promotion of a quality culture; b) Management of the services (Residential Centres, reception for adolescents, Diurnal centre in convention with the Ministry of Justice – Juvenile Justice Centre, domiciliary educative intervention).


The Istituto Psicoanalitico per le Ricerche Sociali (IPRS) is a private research institute in the areas of psychology, social sciences and bio-ethics. Founded in Rome in 1987 by Professor Sandro Gindro, IPRS applies the theories, tools and methods of clinical psychology, psychoanalysis and sociology in social research. In aiming to deepen its understanding of the problems posed by contemporary society, IPRS dedicates its research to studying the social phenomena related to adolescent marginalisation, forms of exclusion and discrimination, racism and xenophobia. The special feature of the Institute since its birth has been the interdisciplinary nature of its work. The IPRS has always placed special attention on the need to compare psychoanalytical analyses with data coming from sociology, anthropology and the current philosophical and from scientific debate. The Institute has increasingly devoted itself to research concerning issues of diversity in Europe: multiculturalism, second generation immigrants and education, discrimination and xenophobia, immigration patterns in Italy and Europe, the labor market and immigrant entrepreneurs.


The Christian Association of Youth Villages (CJD) was founded in 1947 and is a nation-wide educational, youth and social service provider. With a staff of 9.500 employees the CJD is represented in more than 150 locations across Germany serving over 155.000 individuals per year. The CJD is committed to the welfare and education of children, youth and families – besides educational programs, mentoring support and vocational training the organization offers mental health services both outpatient and in-patient in its residential care facilities. With the recent influx of refugees into Germany the CJD has further expanded its services for migrants and asylum seekers and offers language classes, counseling, integration into the labor market and cultural/arts projects. The social research division of CJD has been involved in a range of national and transnational projects on juvenile delinquency, restorative justice, family mediation and conferencing, migration, integration and diversity.


Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) was founded in 1967, gained official recognition in 1971 and is recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility. Since its foundation, it has made a significant contribution to the development of higher education in Portugal. Teaching at UCP – which has awarded degrees to around 44,000 students over the past 49 years – aims to combine academic excellence in all areas of knowledge and education in human values.
Concerning its structural organization, although it is just one university, UCP has a regional structure divided into four major regional centers: Lisboa (the headquarters), Braga, Porto and Viseu. It is made up of 15 teaching and research faculties, some of which carry out activities in more than one regional center. Research centers are based within the Faculties and they are fundamentally devoted to pure and applied research. The centers and their projects are funded from a variety of sources: institutions and societies, the EU, Portuguese government departments and initiatives, companies. They are regularly subject to external assessment exercises, in which their ratings have been very good or excellent. More information available on:


The Department of Juvenile and Community Justice [DJCJ] manages the enforcement of penal measures imposed on young offenders, of non-custodial sentences and probation of adults; as Central Authority, it is responsible for the relations among States concerning international child abduction; it also manages its own staff. The DJCJ is one of the four Departments of the Ministry of Justice. On 14 July 2015 entered into force the “Regulation on the Reorganization of the Ministry of Justice and Reduction in the Number of Managerial and Administrative Posts” (published in Official Journal no. 148 of 29 June 2015). The new regulation is an innovative and functional reform. A significant innovation is the broadening of the competences of the former Department of Juvenile Justice, which is now also competent for the enforcement of non-custodial sentences, i.e. enforcement of alternative measures and of sanctions alternative to imprisonment. This restructuring introduces a modern control structure of the so-called probation, in line with the most advanced European models. The new “Department of Juvenile and Community Justice” thus implements a clearer and simpler system for the enforcement of criminal sentences.