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Looking for interview partners

In the research project on the subject “Children, adolescents and young adults as family carers in Switzerland” Careum Research examines the needs of children, adolescents and young adults providing care for a family member that has fallen ill or needs attention regularly. Therefore Careum Research is looking for affected families which would like to speak about their experiences. More information about the interviews is available in a flyer in German, French and Italian.


Leu, A. (2017). Pflegende Kinder und Jugendliche. Forum palliative vorderland ar. Heiden, 14. September 2017. PDF

Leu, A. (2016). Pflegende Kinder, Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene in der Schweiz. Präsentation von Agnes Leu am Brown-BAG-Meeting (BBM), Campus Liebefeld, Bern, 16. August 2016. PDF

Leu, A., & Frech, M. (2015). Pflegende Kinder, Jugendliche und junge Erwachsene in der Schweiz. Mittagsveranstaltung MERH: Angehörigenpflege und Young Carers. Kompetenzzentrum Medizin – Ethik – Recht Helvetiae, Universität Zürich, 23. September 2015. PDF


Donzé, R. (2018). Viele Kinder kümmern sich um kranke Angehörige. NZZ am Sonntag, 01.04.2018. [Agnes Leu und Careum Forschung werden erwähnt] PDF

Jung, C. (2017). Junge Menschen als pflegende Angehörige. Schulblatt Aargau Solothurn, 40-41. PDF

King, S. (2017). Bangen um die Mutter. Erkrankt ein Elternteil schwer, helfen minderjährige Kinder oft mit bei der Pflege. Wie gehen Jugendliche mit der Herausforderung um? Das Schweizer ElternMagazin Fritz+Fränzi, 17, 54-60. PDF

Ellner, S. (2016). Das harte Los pflegender Kinder. Kinder und Jugendliche betreuen kranke Familienmitglieder oft im Verborgenen. NZZ. PDF

Leu, A., & Frech, M. (2015). Noch unsichtbar, aber nicht vergessen. Krankenpflege – Soins infirmiers, 108 (8), 8-10. PDF (german)

Leu, A., & Frech, M. (2015). Encore méconnus, mais pas oubliés. Soins infirmiers, 108 (8), 8-10. PDF (french)

Leu, A., & Frech, M. (2015). Si conoscono ancora poco, ma non sono dimenticati. Cure infermieristiche, 108 (8), 8-10. PDF (italian)

Fernsehen SRF 1, 10vor10: Fürsorgliche Kinder und Jugendliche, 03.08.2016.

English contributions

The Care Act and Whole-Family Approaches (UK). PDF

No wrong doors: working together to support young carers and their families: A template for a local memorandum of understanding between statutory Directors of Children's and Adult Social Services (UK, March 2015). PDF

First support group for Young Carers in Switzerland

Giulia Brändli has founded the first support group for young carers in Switzerland in 2016 with support from and the young carers research team of Careum. In a videomessage, the 18-year-old Giulia adresses the central subjects that young carers occupy: The fact that they are not alone and can support themselves mutually if they are in similar informal situations, although it is often difficult to find the right words their own sensitivities.

Matura paper

Jana Bär, Anja Vock and Vanessa Weiss, three graduates of the Berufsfachschule Gesundheit und Soziales BFGS in Brugg, dealt in her matura paper intensely with the everyday life of young carers. The authors conducted expert's interviews, among others with Prof. Dr. iur. Agnes Leu of Careum Research, the research institute of the Kalaidos Univerity of Applied Sciences. In an impressive case study the everyday life of a nine-year-old girl is shown who supports her ill mother. The following film which belongs to the matura paper features the three authors introducing their results.

Vocational training event about young carers

The first vocational training event of the Careum Research programme “Young Carers” took place on the 8th of December 2015 at the Berufsbildungszentrum Olten.