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There are two main sectoral activities in Personal and Household Services (PHS): social care and household support, yet with a possible growing overlap between the two. Current societal developments such as changes to family structures increase the need for PHS. Furthermore, the unprecedented and general ageing of our society increases demand for home help and care services.


The overarching objective of the Ad-PHS project (Grant agreement No. VS/2018/0344) is to lead to the creation of a platform of relevant PHS stakeholders at EU level. Its main goal is to create a single point-of-contact to support, guide and provide advice to Public Authorities in the development of their PHS policies.

What will we do?

By bringing the main European stakeholders together, the project will aim to improve both the theoretical and practical understanding of PHS policies (including their diversity) among European Member States, in particular where such policies are more limited or do not exist. This project will create the necessary means through which the different stakeholders can build trust and develop common instruments; which will be crucial for the creation of a European platform for stakeholders; able to provide targeted guidance and advice to public authorities in the years to come. On the long run, it is expected that this will lead to more and better public policies in the field of PHS throughout Europe; therefore, helping to mitigate the challenges and maximise the opportunity for workers, employers and beneficiaries alike. This goes without mentioning the millions of new decent jobs which could be created in the years to come, if the right public policies are developed.


December 2018 - December 2020


The final results of the project were the following:


  • Report "Personal and Household Services in the EU: State of Play"
  • Report "Promising Practices in Personal and Household Services"
  • 21 Country Reports
  • Report "The short-term impact of COVID-19 on the field of PHS and support measures in 21 EU Member States".
  • Position paper "Improving the working conditions of PHS workers: successful approaches identified by the Ad-PHS project"

Tailored guidances

  • Guidelines for developing social dialogue structures in Personal and Household Services
  • Guidelines for developing social voucher progams
  • Guidelines for developing professional profiles
  • Guidelines for developing the rights and obligations of employers and workers
  • Guidelines for developing digital platforms & networks
  • Guidelines for developing workers cooperatives

National workshops and seminars in 21 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain & Sweden).

All deliverables are available upon request to EFSI Secretariat ( ). 


More info on the project's website: 

Aurélie Decker



This project is co-funded by the European Union. This publication reflects on the authors' views. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.