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Conditions of Employment: Parents

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 112393, tabled on 10 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how his Department is promoting to employers ACAS guidance on workplace support for parents with premature or sick babies.

Answered on

17 November 2017

The Government is committed to supporting working parents of premature and sick babies. Acas worked closely with the Department and various groups such as Bliss and The Smallest Things to get the guidance right and to promote it to the HR community, employers and parents.

Both Acas and the Department released press notices to accompany its publication on 5 September. Acas specifically targeted relevant stakeholder groups, including those representing small and large employers and parents.

The online Acas guidance on workplace support for parents with premature or sick babies has received approximately 6000 unique views since publication in September.

The Government intends to continue using surveys and other means to monitor and evaluate the practices and experiences of both parents and employers.