End of Project Conference Zürich 2019

SNF End of Project Conference – Young Carers in Switzerland

EoP-Konferenz Zürich 2019

Young Carers in Switzerland

There is still too little known about children, adolescents and young adults supporting family members or other close relationships/friends in need of care. Since 2014, the research department of the Careum School of Health has been working intensively with these young people in a research and development program lasting for several years.
The aim of our research is to raise the awareness of professionals of the topic, enlarge their occupational networks and to develop concrete support instruments. The conference on November 12 2019 in the Careum auditorium has provided an overview of national research results. Furthermore, the conference looked beyond national borders: How do other countries support young carers?

Development of a national data base

Children, adolescents and young adults who regularly take care of people close to them are internationally referred to as “young carers (under 18 years) or “young adult carers (under 25 years). Until recently, Switzerland lacked a reliable data on the situation of young carers. The research project “Young carers and young adult carers in Switzerland funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation closes this research gap. 
Among other things, the results were presented at the young carers conference.


Conference themes

  • “Learning from others – international comparison of young carers' support and legal framework
  • Results on awareness among professionals in Switzerland
  • Results of the national prevalence study
  • Support needs of young carers and their families
  • Testimonials from young carers
  • Approaches for the further development of a national young carers' strategy

Blog post

Learn more about the research results on Young Carers in an international comparison in the blog post by Prof. Dr. Agnes Leu.

Conference folder

All presentations and additional information summarized in one document can be found here.

Relevant literature

Would you like to know more? Our publications on current research results can be found here.