Introducing Family Friendly Working Scotland

Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS) supports and promotes the development of family friendly workplaces across Scotland. Our ambition is to make Scotland a beacon of excellence in family friendly working. We work with employers and support them to embed family friendly working practices, which bring huge benefits to both employees and business. FFWS is a collaborative partnership between Working FamiliesFathers Network ScotlandParenting Across Scotland and the Scottish Government. FFWS was established in 2014 with Scottish Government funding and support.




icon-quote“I am very aware of how lucky I am to have such caring managers and employer, hopefully in the future all workers in Scotland will be extended the same level of support.”

Latest research

'Time to rebalance'
– results paper

cover-rebalanceHow work life balance eludes working parents in Scotland.

Parents and carers play a crucial role in Scotland’s labour force. In the lead up to National Work Life Week 2016 Family Friendly Frendly Working Scotland asked over 600 parents in Scotland to tell us about their work life balance... Read more


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Recent news

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New group to improve approach to pregnancy and maternity in the workplace.

A new working group will meet in Glasgow for the first time this week to create guidelines for tackling pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the workplace and encouraging best practice

The group, which will meet on Tuesday and is chaired by Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn, will look to improve the recruitment, retention and development of pregnant workers, as well as increase access to flexible working when women return from maternity leave.

Upcoming events

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10th Jan 2017 | 18.00 to 20.00 | The Fleming Room, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP


Gillian Martin MSP warmly welcomes you to join her for Family Friendly Working Scotland (FFWS) Parliamentary Reception on 10th January 2017.  The reception will be attended by stakeholders with an interest in improving working conditions for all employees in Scotland, and in particular those on low incomes. This evening will provide an excellent opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with key influencers and decision makers in an informal setting.


Current campaigns

Flexible-Working-logo-rgb-300dpi-616x349Too few jobs are being advertised as suitable for flexible working and this is restricting the talent pool from which employers can recruit. Find out more...



Nearly a third of parents said that they would like to use less childcare and spend more time with their children



Work is eroding the time parents have to make healthy choices, such as having time to exercise or to cook properly



Employers benefit from retaining talent in both women and men when offering a family friendly working environment



41% of parents said that work life is becoming increasingly stressful


Source: MFI Scotland 2015