Call for action: Stocktaking study on the needs of family carers

The International Day of Families is celebrated on the 15th of May every year. In 2017, the observance will highlight the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and looks at good practices for work-family balance to assist parents in their caregiving roles. In light of this important UN initiative, COFACE Families Europe and its COFACE Disability branch, are launching today a major data collection to map the needs and challenges of family members who are fulfilling caregiving, or supporter role.

Families in Europe are greatly affected by current social and demographical changes, such as the growing ageing population, changing family structures, or the situation of intergenerational families. The purpose of this data collection is on one hand, to explore some of the challenges faced by family carers in accessing adequate resources, services, or time arrangements in different EU Member States. On the other hand, we hope to find some good examples of national, or local policies that help family carers to balance their work, family and personal life.

Target group: Family carers, informal carers and people from different EU Member States who are fulfilling a caring role towards a member of their family.

Languages: The questionnaire is available in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Slovenian. However, we would be happy to receive answers from any other EU countries.

Data collection: From 15 May to 30 June 2017.

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If you are a family carer, please take a few minutes and fill out our online questionnaire. Every opinion counts!
Help COFACE Families Europe and COFACE Disability to shape our EU advocacy by bringing the most pressing challenges faced by family carers to the attention of decision-makers!

For any questions, please do get in touch with Magdi Birtha at

More information about the International Day of Families 2017: “Families, education and well-being”
Social Media : #DayOfFamilies @UNDESA @COFACE_EU

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