Use the menu on the left to get relevant information on family-friendly policies and benefits.
Managers may find it helpful to refer in the first instance to the guidance notes for managing family leave.
LSE has been awarded several awards recognising the School's support for parents and parents-to-be:
Top Employers for Working Families
The LSE has been awarded certification in the Top 10 Employers for Working Families for the first time. Previously, it was placed in the Top 30 Employers for Working Families for three years running. The School was also the Joint Winner for the My Family Care Best for all stages of Motherhood Award and commended for the E-ON Best for Carers and Eldercare Award. The School was shortlisted for the National Grid Best for all stages of Fatherhood Award. Last year, the School was the Joint Winner for the Best for Fathers Award.
The LSE is the only university to receive certification.
Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families said: “Since the benchmark commenced in 2009 organisations have performed more strongly year on year in their ability to demonstrate a detailed level of knowledge about how, when and where their people are working, as well as being able to demonstrate the effect that their family-friendly policies have had on the bottom line. It is vital that this trend continues and strengthens: to have their voice sought-after and heard at the top level of their organisations, those in charge of the people functions (be they HR, Diversity or Business Services) need to bring evidence to the table.”
“The benchmark in 2013 has continued to establish a comprehensive policy audit, and, in tandem with the Awards, a chance to find out about new and innovative approaches. It also continues to emphasise the importance of really understanding if policy (and intention and aspiration) is matched by practice. The ability to measure and to quantify the effect of policies is becoming increasingly important. Since the benchmark commenced in 2009 organisations have performed more strongly year on year in their ability to demonstrate a detailed level of knowledge about how, when and where their people are working, as well as being able to demonstrate the effect that their family-friendly policies have had on the bottom line.”
A copy of the Benchmark and Awards can be accessed as follows:
Top Employers for Working Dads
The LSE won the Best for Dads Award for the second time. The judges felt that the LSE had built on its innovative programme for employees and their partners from Working Mums.The award is given to organisations showing specific support to dads that goes beyond what current legislation stipulates and supports parents to combine successful careers with being a parent. A copy of the Top Employer Awards Best Practice Report 2013 can be accessed here.
Workingmums also shortlisted the LSE for the Best for Family Support. http://www.workingmums.co.uk/topemployerawards/
Media articles about LSE support to parents
Please select this link to view recent media articles about the School's support to parents.
Workshops for parents
As part of our commitment to helping staff develop a good work-life balance, we offer workshops on the topics below. Staff can book a place on a course through the LSE Training and Development system. (Click on 'Career Development' and then 'Support for Parents')
Triple P – Positive Parenting
The London School of Economics has received local authority funding to pilot the Positive Parenting Program. The program on offer, which is free of charge to a group of up to 45 employees and partners who are parents of children under 6 years old, includes a 90-minute seminar session facilitated by Matt Buttery followed by on-line learning. Those employees and partners who attended Balancing Work and Being Dad will know Matt.
The aim of the program is to help raise happy children and manage their behaviour. More information on the session is available on: www.familymatters.org.uk/tripleponline
If you are interested in attending the seminar on 6 March 2014 at 12.00 – 14.00hours in Room NAB 2.06 please go to https://apps.lse.ac.uk/training-system/ to book your place
Balancing work and being dad
This workshop is for new and expectant fathers. It looks at how to find the balance between being a dad and having a career. The workshop is open to employees and non-employee partners of School employees.
Balancing work and being mum
This workshop is for new and expectant mothers. It looks at how to find the balance between being a mum and having a career. The workshop is open employees and non-employee partners of School employees.
Balancing work and being the carer of an adult
This workshop is for employees who care for someone who is ill, frail, disabled or reliant on them. Examples of caring include: providing emotional support; keeping someone company; escorting to medical appointments; and helping with financial matters or paperwork.
Balancing Work and Being a Carer of a Disabled Child
If you have a disabled child and would find a Balancing Work and Being a Carer of a Disabled Child Workshop useful, please email Gail Keeley firstname.lastname@example.org so that the level of demand can be assessed.
Mentoring scheme for parents
Employees can also ask for support from the Mentoring scheme for new parents and parents-to-be. The network aims to support employees with the transition to the role of a working parent. It offers support from trained mentors who work at the School and who already have experience of managing work and home.
Network for carers
Staff with caring responsibilities can join the Network for Carers of Adults: a new network established to provide support to employees caring for adults. Contact email@example.com for more information. See general information for carers on flexible working and parental leave.
Two new private groups are now live:
Working Parents' Network
A mutually supportive network for parents at work which allows them to informally share information, experience and ideas, and pool resources.
Network for Carers of Adults
To provide information on possible support, both internal and external , share experiences & ask questions on what support carers would find helpful
Please contact Gail Keeley firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join either group