The Third International Young Carers Conference

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. This 3rd International Young Carers Conference will build on these recommendations and reflect on the concrete actions required to enable young carers to reach their full potential.
The Conference aims to shed light on the state-of-the-art in research and practice related to the needs and situation of young carers across the world. The call for abstracts is open for policy-makers, professionals working with young carers and young carers themselves to share current research, policy initiative, innovative practice, legislation or personal experience. Deadline Thursday 30th April see the link call for abstracts

Young carers are children and young people who provide care for a parent or relative with long-lasting limitations (chronic illness, disability, frailty or addiction). They carry out, often on a regular basis and without help or support, substantial caring tasks and assume a level of responsibility which would usually be associated with an adult. In Europe, it is estimated that around 7-8% of children have caregiving responsibilities.

While there are positive aspects to caring, many young carers provide care at great personal expense: they may struggle to balance their daily life with caregiving responsibilities, experience mental health issues as a result of their caregiving, face barriers in relation to school, further education and employment, they may also have less time for personal development and leisure and feel isolated.

The International Young Carers Conference is open to all researchers, civil society organisations, practitioners, decision makers, service providers and policy makers interested to learn about strategies implemented in different countries to listen to, identify and support young carers (what worked, what did not work, what can be replicated).

For more information, see the conference website or contact Ciara O’Dwyer

Dance, Embodiment and Education

In April, webteam member Tessa Smorenburg interviewed Roma Koolen of dance collective MAN || CO and Joosje Slot, a student of Anthropology (University of Amsterdam), in Amsterdam. What follows is their discussion on the value of art and embodied practices, and ends with a criticism of our education system, which promotes exclusion. Continue reading Dance, Embodiment and Education

Master class “Practical wisdom beyond rule obedience”

Care, social work and education are not about following the rules. Rules, guide lines, protocols are helpful, but you have to deal with them in a practically wise manner. Andries Baart and Guus Timmerman did thorough research into what general practitioners perceive, consider, assess, weigh, do and evaluate at the bedside of their sick and dying patients. The results are best summarized under the heading of ‘practical wisdom’. Professionals have to practice practical wisdom to deliver good care, social work and education. Practical wisdom beats rule obedience. We can explain that and account for it.

In the master class, the results of this research will be presented by Andries Baart, extraordinary professor at North-West University, South Africa. Three researchers will connect his analysis with their knowledge of care, social work and education. Marij Bontemps is paediatrician, was member of the board of the St. Jansdal hospital in Harderwijk, and is doing research into practical wisdom. Sabrina Keinemans is lecturer and researcher at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and fellow in the Innovation of Social Work research group. Ton Zondervan is lecturer, teacher educator, and researcher at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences.

The master class is relevant to professionals in the fields of care, social work and education, especially for those who just sensibly do what they think that has to be done, and become tired of the way they have to explain it and account for it. The spoken language is Dutch. You can download the brochure here (Dutch)

The master class is organized by the Foundation Critical Ethics of Care, that facilitates the international research network Critical Ethics of Care and the website