Lombardy region to install CCTV in nurseries

€900,000 for surveillance cameras in playschools in Milan and Lombardy region.

Alarmed by numerous cases of maltreatment of nursery-age children, the Lombardy regional government has voted funds for the installation of CCTV cameras in playschools in Milan and across the region.

An initial vote of €300,000 is to be made available over two years for an information campaign aimed at parents and crèche personnel, and a further €600,000 – also over two years – to buy and install the equipment.

The initiative will at first be experimental and on a volunteer basis at nursery schools agreeing to join the programme.

“Unfortunately we’ve had to witness impotently many situations involving families and educational structures,” admitted Lombardy president Attilio Fontana, introducing the scheme. Regional councillor Silvia Piani added: “We’ve taken this step because we’re convinced of the need to contrast and prevent maltreatment situations, even if they are still rare.”

The plan, Piani explained, is to pick up early signals of distress or mistreatment, and to define and share best practice for the correct management of warning signals of inappropriate behaviour.

A regional committee is to be set up with representatives of health services and of municipalities, which are responsible for most nurseries. The committee will have the right to invite representatives of Milan minors’ court to join.

Union representatives of nursery staff have already been given ample reassurances, Piani concluded.