Family Carers Survey

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 highlighted 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, launched 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.

Data collection: From 15 May to 6 July 2017.

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 was available in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Slovenian.

The data collection is now closed.

During the past two months, we have been collecting data to explore the needs and challenges of family carers and their relatives with support needs when it comes to accessing adequate resources, support services, or time arrangements in different EU Member States. We also looked for some good examples of national, or local policies that help family carers to balance their work, family and personal life. We have gathered over 1000 answers from 16 EU Member States, and are now in the process of analysing the data.

We would like to thank everyone who filled the questionnaire out or disseminated it.

We are planning to launch the report that builds on the findings of the data collection in autumn 2017. We would like to provide an overview and reality check on the situation of the thousands of family carers, mostly women, who took up the role of the informal carer and thus are out of the labour market without access to income, pensions, social or other benefits.

We will keep you posted. In the meantime, for any questions, please do get in touch with Magdi Birtha at mbirtha@coface-eu.org

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