15 Oct 2020| Online

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15th October 2020 | Online
in partnership with The Fatherhood Institute 

Creating a family-friendly workplace allows parents to engage more fully at home and at work, benefitting productivity, wellbeing, staff loyalty and retention

The Government Equalities Office ‘Family Friendly Policies’ guide for employers, released earlier this year, outlines that necessary adaptation is three-stranded, and relatively clear-cut. Amending flexible working, parental leave and childcare support policies are fundamental to family-friendly workplace practice. 

At ‘Developing a Family-Friendly Workplace’, you will have the opportunity to hear from speakers pioneering these policies on how to successfully adopt and implement them, whilst learning from experienced practitioners about embedding and championing these changes.

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online. The content for the day exactly mirrors that of the live event, and there will be plenty of time built into the day for Q&A and interaction with speakers and fellow delegates. Video recordings of each session will also be made available to delegates following the event. 

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Why attend? 
  • Learn how to adopt and implement family-friendly policies in your organisation

  • Bring new, innovative ideas around supporting parents and families back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 

  • Hear valuable insights from leading figures about fostering family-friendly workplace culture and practice

  • Earn a CPD certificate for your personal progression

  • Enjoy an opportunity to network with expert speakers and fellow colleagues 

Key Speakers:
  • Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute
  • Keela Shackell-Smith MBE, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Cabinet Office and Founder, Cross-Government Women's Network
  • Jessica Figueras, Chair, National Childbirth Trust
  • Brian Stanislas, Assoc. CIPD, Product Manager Civil Service HR

  • Matt Brown, Social Media Manager, Music. Football. Fatherhood

  • Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion, CIPD

  • Laura Dewar, Policy Officer, Gingerbread

  • Julianne Miles, CEO and Co-founder, Women Returners 

  • Melissa Buntine, Principal Consultant, Timewise

Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in making their workplace more family friendly, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, staff network leads and representative groups.


Public Sector rate: 1 Place £195 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £150 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £395 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £145 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here

To request a manual booking form, please email conference.admin@dodsgroup.com


Welcoming Session

Grace McLoughlin, Event Content Manager, Dods D&I

Chair's Opening Remarks

SPEAKER: Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion, CIPD

Family-Friendly Working Practices in the New Normal
  • What has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us about flexible working and childcare?

  • The business case for family-friendly workplaces: engaging staff, changing patterns, and closing the gender pay gap

Flexible Working: ensuring the provision of family-friendly options
  • Planning for flexible options and role re-design at recruitment stages
  • Ensuring that flexible working is accessible in as many roles as possible
  • Normalising flexible working for all staff, especially male staff
  • Aiding and training line managers in supporting change and staff

SPEAKER: Melissa Buntine, Principal Consultant, Timewise

Personal Perspective: My Experience of Shared Parental Leave as a Father

SPEAKER: Matt Brown, Social Media Manager, Music. Football. Fatherhood

Comfort Break
Back to Business: facilitating the return to work
  • Made to measure: setting your returner programme up for success
  • The business benefits of hiring returners and developing bespoke returner programmes
  • Developing a learning mindset: piloting and evaluating your programme
  • Engaging returners: adapting your attraction strategies

SPEAKER: Julianne Miles, CEO and Co-founder, Women Returners 

Alternative Families: providing support to all kinds of families
  • Ensuring family-friendly provisions are accessible to, and relevant for, alternative families
  • Understanding the needs of single parents, LGBT parents, parents who are co-parenting, adoptive and foster parents

SPEAKER: Laura Dewar, Policy Officer, Gingerbread

SPEAKER: Keela Shackell-Smith MBE, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Cabinet Office and Founder, Cross-Government Women's Network 

Parental Leave & Childcare: reviewing provisions and changing culture
  • Reviewing and enhancing current organisational leave and childcare provisions
  • Clear communication: ensuring that staff are aware of their options
  • Open conversations: capitalising on early discussions and keep-in-touch days

SPEAKER: Jessica Figueras, Chair, National Childbirth Trust 

SPEAKER: Brian Stanislas, Assoc. CIPD, Product Manager Civil Service HR

Championing Change: advocating and normalising family-friendly workplace practice and choices amongst men and fathers
  • Championing senior male staff who work flexibly or share childcare responsibilities
  • Encouraging full take-up of parental-leave entitlements by male staff
  • Embedding family-friendly working patterns and choices into everyday workplace practice for men and fathers

SPEAKER: Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute

Chair's Closing Remarks

CHAIR: Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion, CIPD

Event Close