End of 2017, COFACE Families Europe launched its report ‘Who cares? Study on the challenges and needs of family carers in Europe’ in the European Parliament with MEPs Olga Sehnalova (S&D) and Marian Harkin (ALDE), to a mixed delegation of Members of European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, national governments, civil society watchdogs, and social partners. With more than 1,000 answers from family carers across 16 European countries, the report provides a better understanding of the situation in Europe and offers policy recommendations directly from family carers to better meet their needs and tackle their social exclusion. Family carers fill and important gap in social care provision and provide support to their disabled, or older relatives, or to their children with chronic disease, or complex needs. One thing is clear: the current situation, in which 80% of care work in Europe falls on family carers, who are left without adequate financial compensation, social rights, or a pension scheme, is simply not sustainable.
The study, translated with the support of APF France Handicap, Pro-xy Switzerland, APEMH Luxembourg and UNAF France, is available in our resources section in French: « Etre aidant en Europe aujourd’hui : Etude sur les besoins et les défis rencontrés par les aidants familiaux en Europe ».