Family Policy in Flanders

The Centre for Family Studies conducts practice-oriented research from the perspective of families, aiming to enhance their functioning and well-being. We cooperate with policy-makers and social professionals and develop research projects in order to answer their needs and questions. Based on this research we often make specific recommendations concerning policy development and the functioning of organisations. 

At the same time we take a critical look at policy and the professional practice and we investigate if they make the ‘family reflex’. Do policy-makers and organisations sufficiently bear the multi-faceted phenomenon we call ‘family’ in mind? Are they constantly aware of the fact that the measures they take and the interventions they perform come together at family level and can either compensate for or enhance each other?

These are some of our research topics in this field of study:

  • We conduct research into the policy and practice regarding the work-life balance, for example in the context of the ESF funded project “Sandwichcoach”, in which we investigate how 45- to 65-year-olds with a double caring responsibility can be better assisted in finding proper combination strategies.
  • In response to the May 2019 elections our centre analysed the impact of  the election programmes of all Flemish parties on families.
  • In 2018 and 2019 we explored civil initiatives focusing on families. We mapped out the types of initiatives, we investigated what the facilitating and impeding factors are and how the various supportive organisations and governments can play a part in these civil initiatives.
  • In our book ‘In verband met gezinnen…’ (published in 2020) our researchers analyse themes such as education, relationships, care, labour… considered from the perspective of families and call upon policy-makers and the professional field to actively consider the impact of their interventions on families.

Organizing telework in an inclusive manner

Earlier this year we started working on the ESF-project Organizing telework in an inclusive manner. In collaboration with different national and international partners we're researching obstacles for employees, employers and managers to fully utilize the possibilities of teleworking or the home-office. Teleworking clearly has a lot of potential to make the job market more inclusive.

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Improving chances for accompanied children in reception centres

Development of a shared policy vision and training package. AMIF-project 2020-2022

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Organising telecommuting in an inclusive manner

Preparing an ESF-project aiming at lowering barriers to flexible work arrangements.

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Activate by Stuyfplekmethodology

Project fundes by the European Social Fund (ESF)

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Sandwich MIXXL - Combination strategies for the Sandwich Generation

Transnational project funded by ESF – European Social Fund

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