Shared parental leave


A special event bringing together policymakers, charities, employers and academics to explore gender, family and care policies will be held in Manchester later this month.

The event, held in collaboration with Working Families and the Fatherhood Institute, will have a particular focus on fathering, and coincides with the second anniversary of the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) which was designed to allow parents greater choices around caring for their child in the first year.

Co-organiser Dr Emma Banister, Senior Lecturer in Consumer Research at Alliance MBS, said: “We’ll be discussing how employed parents manage work-life balance, how and why parents utilise SPL, the current limitations and challenges of the scheme, and learn more about family-friendly employment policies beyond the UK. The event will end with an expert panel discussion to explore ‘where next?’ for family-friendly employment policy.”

Speakers at the conference include: Adrienne Burgess, joint chief executive and head of research at The Fatherhood Institute; Jonathan Swan, senior research and policy manager at Working Families; Professor Caroline Gatrell from Liverpool University; and Professor Berit Brandth from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Added Emma: “It will be particularly interesting to hear from Professor Brandth about the considerable experience Norway has had with policies such as SPL, and whether there are lessons to be learnt for the UK.”

The event takes place on Wednesday 29th March at Manchester Meeting Place. If you would like any further details contact

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