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  • 2019 Modern Families Index – Full Report

    1 Feb 2019

    The Modern Families Index is the most comprehensive study of how working parents manage the balance between work and family life in the UK.

  • Flexible Hiring – Guidance for Employers

    15 Jan 2019

    Start from the position that most jobs have some flexibility in them and use the following guidance to think through how a role can be done flexibly from the start.

  • From Child to Adult: A guide to disability, transition and family finances – updated 2019

    7 Jan 2019

    How are family finances affected when your disabled child becomes an adult? When is it most advantageous for a young person to start claiming their own benefits? Can you change your working hours to fit with your disabled young person’s new regime? Working Families’ free transition booklet has sections for parents and carers and disabled […]

  • Working Families Benchmark 2018

    2 Oct 2018

    The top Employers for Working Families Benchmark reveals trends and best practice, building a picture over time of changes and developments in flexible, agile and family friendly working policy and practice.

  • 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