Trentino (Italy): Large families on the rise

A result that confirms the goodness of the family policies that in more than ten years have activated in the territory an organic system of actions divided between economic, welfare, in the service sector, cultural and social interventions.

The Report on the Implementation of the Integrated System of Policies for the Promotion of Family Welfare and Birthrate is the provincial reporting tool on the state of implementation of family policies. It is prepared by the Agency for Social Cohesion in collaboration with the Institute of Statistics ISPAT, of the Autonomous Province of Trento periodically to give back the socio-economic impact of these policies on the territory. In the Report approved in the Council, one figure stands out above all others, recorded among families with children: the growth of large families (with three and more children) from 10.7 percent in 2010 to 16.3 percent in 2022. A result that confirms the goodness of these policies that in more than ten years have activated in the territory an organic system of actions divided between economic, welfare, in the service sector, cultural and social interventions.

Family welfare in Trentino: published the State of implementation of Law 1 of 2011 on family policies. What has changed in Trentino in the last decade? What socio-economic and cultural impact have these policies had on the Trentino community?

These questions are intended to be answered by the Report, approved today by the Provincial Council, which has at its center, in the first instance, the evaluation of family policies activated with the involvement of multiple territorial stakeholders and providing for a plurality of evaluation facilities with the direct involvement of end users and with impact analyses that describe the beneficiaries of the interventions, the cost of the policies and the impacts produced on the territory.

“Trentino’s economic context,” said Vincenzo Bertozzi, deputy director ISPAT (Institute of Statistics of the Province of Trento), “is characterized by high wealth, both compared to the Italian and European territory. The social context, as measured by the European Social Progress Index (EU-SPI), places Trentino in the best position among Italian regions. In this context, the population shows a positive trend, although slowing down particularly in the pandemic years. However, the exit from the childbearing age of baby-boom women, the changing characteristics of migrants and the economic crises of recent years, have heavily affected the birth rate and at the same time we are witnessing a lengthening of life expectancy. In the past 30 years,” Bertozzi continued, “households have grown twice as fast as the population, resulting in a decrease in the number of household members. While single-member families are the most common and couples with children are decreasing, it is shown that from 2009 to 2022 couples with 3 or more children grew by 5 percentage points reaching 16.3 percent among families with children, the highest value in Italy in 2022.”

The Report is structured in two parts: the first describes the evolution over time of the economic and social conditions of families residing in Trentino, followed by a restitution of the many actions undertaken by the provincial authority. These range from economic interventions (birth allowance, nursery bonus, financial dote for young people-natality, health ticket exemption, cultural and sports voucher, EuregioFamilyPass, Ski family, Swim family), the chain of work-life balance services (Family Audit certification, service vouchers, babysitting service, summer services, Summer family portal, contributions to entities promoting summer stays for children).

Another chapter is policies for transition to adulthood, with Cohousing, Coliving, Active Cohabitation and Civil Service projects, passing through family brands and standards (the “Family in Trentino” and “Family Audit” certifications, Family Districts, the Network of Family Friendly Municipalities, etc. ) and concluding with events for an institutional culture (the meetings and conventions promoted by the Agency for Social Cohesion, the Family Festival, Matching day) and family projects such as the Mobile phone box, family-friendly infrastructure, and the “Youth and Future” journalism award.

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