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  • Off Balance 2018 – Parents of disabled children and paid work

    19 Jul 2018

    Combining work and family life is a complex juggling act for all parents. But for parents of disabled children, the challenges are greater still.

  • Modern Families Index 2018 – Employer Report

    22 May 2018

    What do the 2018 Modern Families Index findings mean for employers? This report explores this question, offering advice and solutions to help working families and businesses thrive. It covers: working time and work organisation gender flexible working practices effects of work on family life parents and the workplace workplace culture Most importantly, it considers the […]

  • Modern Families Index 2018 – Employer Summary Report

    21 May 2018

    The 2018 Modern Families Index: how employers can support the UK’s working families, published by work life balance charity Working Families and Bright Horizons, exposes the limitations of policies like flexible working, whilst unsupportive workplace cultures remain in place.

  • Increase the Joy: Improving Shared Parental Leave

    14 May 2018

    This position paper is supported by twelve professional and voluntary sector organisations with an interest in family and work policy.

  • 2018 Modern Families Index full report

    19 Jan 2018

    The Modern Families Index is the most comprehensive survey of how working families manage the balance between work and family life in the UK. 2,761 working parents across the UK responded with at least one dependent child aged 13 or under. The sample comprised 1,304 fathers and 1,457 mothers spread equally across 12 regions of […]

  • 2018 Modern Families Index summary report

    19 Jan 2018

    Key findings from the 2018 Modern Families Index - the most comprehensive survey of working parents in the UK

  • Britain Works

    2 Nov 2017

    Britain Works is a programme of work which aims to inform conversations between both charities and UK employers to identify the solutions that will improve the working lives of the UK’s low and middle-income parents. A survey by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and Working Families has found that low and middle-income parents want to work, […]

  • Top Employers for Working Families Benchmark 2017

    4 Oct 2017

    Our annual Working Families member benchmark is unique and comprehensive, measuring all aspects of flexible and agile and work life policies and practice, and how these are integrated into organisational values and culture. Read the key findings from the 2017 benchmark, showing the evolving way in which organisations think about work life balance and flexible working.

  • Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards – the case studies

    6 Jul 2017

    Read the case studies of the 2017 Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards winners

  • The future of childcare support for working parents

    20 Feb 2017

    Produced by Working Families and the Childcare Voucher Providers Association, this report calls on the government to keep childcare vouchers open to parents alongside the new Tax Free Childcare scheme. The report finds: Childcare vouchers are a widely-used benefit that is popular with parents and employers alike Many lower earners will lose out on money under […]