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The European voice for informal carers

3rd International Young Carers Conference, 16-17 November 2020, Brussels – Call for abstracts

The 3rd International Young Carers Conference, “Identify, Support, Listen to young carers” will be held on 16th and 17th November 2020, in Brussels, Belgium.

 The 2nd International Young Carers Conference (held from 28th to 31st May 2017 in Malmö, Sweden) focused on the theme Every child has the right to…”. Stakeholders from different sectors and from across the world agreed that young carers should be able to enjoy the same rights as any other children and pointed out that the vision put forward by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is still far from being a reality for many young carers.

The 3rd International Young Carers Conference will build on these conclusions and will reflect on the concrete actions required to enable young carers to reach their full potential. The need to “IDENTIFY, SUPPORT AND LISTEN TO YOUNG CARERS” are the main recommendations identified by young carers themselves during the previous conference and this entails the participation of a wide range of stakeholders.

Research, policies, practices, legislation and ‘first hand’ experiences around these main themes will therefore be shared in order to reinforce mutual learning among stakeholders and countries.

Participants are expected to learn about strategies implemented in different countries (what worked, what did not work, what can be replicated) to move forward in the classification of in-country awareness and policy responses to young carers (Leu & Becker, 2016). In so doing, we can move forward in our vision: one where young carers can fully enjoy the human rights they are entitled to.

The Conference will be co-hosted by Nka (The Swedish Family Care Competence Centre) Linnaeus University and Eurocarers.

If you want to contribute by sharing your current research, policy initiative, innovative practice, legislation or personal experience, then please submit an abstract. The call for abstracts is now open.

Updates about the conference, including practicalities and registrations will be constantly made available through this website, so please make sure to visit this page regularly!


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