COFACE Disability, founded by COFACE Families Europe in 1998 to better represent persons with disabilities and their families has just released an updated version of its European Charter for Family Carers.
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.