Italian classification of Educatori Professionali

In Italy, educatori professionali are recognized only by the Ministry of Health and the training for working in the profession is handled by medical school. This is important at European level, because Italy may be the only country in Europe where social educators are labeled “health professionals” and not a social profession. Educatori professionali work in social services too, but there is no law in Italy recognizing the social professionals. The only social profession recognized in Italy is the social worker, which in Italy is called assistente sociale but is different profession. We as educatori professionali work with social workers, but we’re not social workers. In short, educatori professionali have the same competences as social educators

in Spain or in Denmark, as it was ratified by the “AIEJI Common Platform for Social Educators in Europe”, but in Italy they are recognized as health professionals.

So, if a social educator coming from Spain or Denmark wants to work as educatore professionale in Italy, she must submit her training to the Italian Ministry of Health, and often she must do countervailing measures (stages, exams etc.).

In Italy ANEP is involved with the other health professionals such as nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists, radiologists, and so on. This is the reason why we, as Italian educators, are so interested in the European Directive: as health professionals we are in Europe in the same pool as other health professionals, but as social professionals we are in the same pool as our colleagues in AIEJI. Our position is not clear and we hope the European Directive can bring more clarity.

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2 Responses to “Italian classification of Educatori Professionali”

  • In Italy things are always complicated.
    For instance I have a Univesity degree in Educatore professionale extrascolastico, is a kind of social educator but I was educated and trained not in the health path. And I am not alone there are thousands of us. Nowadays we have health and not health Educatorei professionali + assistenti sociali (social worker but more Government social benefits officials). So if you come from different country don’t worry to much, because it is very hard to find a job in the health system, and outside of that it is the kingdom of confusion.

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