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24/04/2013

Round table at the European Parliament: Grandparents as carers - Trends and support services in Europe

Round table at the European Parliament: Grandparents as carers - Trends and support services in Europe © Debra Howell | SXC.hu

Brussels - April 24th, 2013

Eurochild and AGE Platform Europe will organise on 24 April 2013 a round table debate on “Grandparents as carers — Trends and support services in Europe” . The event will take place at the European Parliament and will be hosted by Austrian MEP Heinz K. Becker (European People’s Party).

In the context of its thematic working group on Family and Parenting Support and as part of its contribution to the work carried by the EY2012 NGOs Coalition, Eurochild conducted throughout 2012 an on-line survey and produced a scoping study on the contribution of grandparents to families across Europe.

The study gives an overview of family policies with relevance to grandparents across EU countries and identifies key policies that recognise grandparent care and support, and which strengthen the extended families from children’s perspective. The report also profiles what Eurochild’s members and partners are doing in relation to support grandparents, and gather some useful evidence on the services offered to them.

This event will launch the results of that study and its policy recommendations and will engage experts and policy makers in a debate on the follow-up work by the EU.

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