CHILD & YOUTH FRIENDLY Workplaces

These indicators have been compiled with a grading system to help you and your community think through aspects of child and youth friendliness in each domain. 

 

A grading system allows you to recognize that (for most of these indicators) there are many steps between 'not at all child and youth friendly' and 'extremely child and youth friendly'. Your community may fall somewhere in the middle on many of the indicators. 

 

For each indicator, try to grade your community out of 10.

1 being "Not at all child and youth friendly",

5 being "some positive aspects but some changes could be made" and

10 being "We are a leader in child and youth friendly practices".

 

This is designed to be printed and done communally. 

 

FEATURES OF CHILD AND YOUTH FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES

 

employers pay a living wage

 

all employees have access to family-friendly benefits

 

employers develop family-friendly workplace policies with the input of employees

 

workplace policies address discrimination (including age discrimination) and sexual harassment, and are developed with the input of employees  

 

employers adhere to following an effective human rights policy

 

employees are aware of and have easy access to all above mentioned policies

 

innovative work schedules are actively promoted

 

start and end of the work day are flexible

 

part-time work has pro-rated benefits

 

job-sharing options are available

 

tele-working options are available

 

reduced/variable hours are available (summer or year-round)

 

Option for a compressed work week

 

on-site or near-site childcare is offered

 

assistance is provided for employee’s ongoing child care needs (e.g., information and/or listings of local services, workplace offers child care on or off-site)

 

assistance is provided with care for school-aged children during special days (e.g., holidays, common dismissal days)

 

assistance is provided for employees who have dependents with special needs

 

a mechanism, such as the Employee and Family Assistance Plan, exists that provides feedback to management on amount of work-life stress experienced by employees

 

workplaces supplement parental leave benefits beyond what is legally required 


throughout parental leave, the employer maintains open communication and develops clear policies regarding employees' return to work

 

facilities and flexibility are available for nursing mothers

 

employees have the ability to take time away from work to deal with emergencies or sickness of children, elders, a spouse, or others as described in Family Responsibility Leave

 

parents have the ability (within reason) to bring their children to work, where feasible and appropriate, in cases of emergency 

 

employers recognizes and supports work and family balance

 

on-site seminars are available for skill development (e.g., work-life seminars, parenting seminars, lunch-and-learns)

 

discussions regarding work-life balance issues are encouraged in the workplace

 

 

managers and supervisors encourage and support a positive work-life balance for employees by offering alternatives to a fixed work arrangement (e.g., employers allow flexible work arrangements including telecommuting and/or a compressed work week)

 

support community programs are available for children and youth through the social corporate responsibility program

 

scholarships or bursaries are hosted for children of employees

 

employers provide parents opportunities to bring their children to work, allowing children to be involved in their parents’ work lives (e.g., Take Your Kids to Work Day)

 

social events are held that are welcoming to families     

 

employers of young workers create and maintain a workplace environment suitable for children and youth   

 

all young workers receive an workplace and safety orientation

 

young workers understand their rights in the workplace

 

mentoring and skills training is encouraged for young workers

 

government and workplaces impose restrictions on the occupations, tasks, hours of work per day and week and times of day that children and youth can work through law and policy

 

minimum age requirements are used to regulate the performance of specific tasks that are not suitable for young workers, especially those that can cause injury (e.g., working with high heat or heavy machinery)

 

working hours and conditions do not interfere with the education of young people and students

 

late night shifts are prohibited for young workers

 

volunteer and internships are open to all young people and offer meaningful tasks and offer skill development

 

volunteer hours are monitored for young people in recognition that young people need time to potentially balance paid employment, school and family or other commitments

 

provide formal structures are available for feedback

 

employers who have family-friendly policies are publicly recognized

 

workplaces work together with the government and community

organizations and stakeholders to ensure child and youth friendly workplace policies are developed and enforced   

 

workplaces work together with the government to ensure that family friendly policies are developed and enforced in the workplace to support employees with children and youth and young workers in the workforce

 

workplaces work together with the government work to develop incentives for employers to hire youth and young workers  

 

workplaces work together with community and advocacy organizations to effectively publicize the importance of child and youth friendly practices in the workplace

 

information on child and youth rights and responsibilities in the workplace (for employers and employees) is easily accessible online or in the community

 

community information, incentives and support for young people seeking employment, is readily available and easily accessible (especially for young people who face barriers in finding employment)

 

Fair parental leave is available

 

the government is committed to fulfilling its human rights obligations under international instruments and to better protect children from exploitation in the workplace

 

OUR COMMUNITY IS

1- UNFRIENDLY             5- OK                     10-A LEADER

     

 

 

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