The European Charter for Family Carers is written in light of the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and other major international conventions and documents drafted under the auspices of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union, and the European Disability Forum, as regards to the life, dignity, rights and full citizenship of persons with disabilities and their families. The European Charter addresses the needs of family carers irrespective of the cause of the person’s support need (impairment, age, illness, accident etc.).

The Charter is developed as a reference tool to be implemented by various organisations representing persons with disabilities and/or complex needs and their families in the European Union, as well as by the European Union’s institutions.

The Charter is a deliverable of the ‘Help to Family Carers’ project that was carried out by some member organisations of COFACE Disability between 2005 and 2006. The project received full support from the Administrative Council of COFACE Families Europe on 16 March 2009. The Charter has been updated in March 2017. To download the updated version please click here.