Scotland in European Collaboration to Engage Employers to Support Single Parents in the Workplace

Scotland in European Collaboration to Engage Employers to Support Single Parents in the Workplace

In Scotland, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Ireland, new programmes promote work-family balance to support parents to enter and stay in employment.

(Dublin, 20 June 2018) One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) – Scotland’s largest national single parent organisation – has developed two professional learning programmes designed to support single parents and employers to work together to forge better work-family balance practices in Ireland, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Ireland.

OPFS has collaborated with four other European organisations that provide support and services for one-parent families: APERIO in the Czech Republic; Berufundfamilie in Germany; Intermedia in Italy; and One Family in Ireland. These innovative programmes, which involve parents and employers through online learning, have been created in response to the urgent need to improve access for people parenting alone to the job market in a more effective and fair way. The aim of the programmes is to contribute to lowering the risk of poverty for single parent family households and to enable parents to unlock their full potential in contributing to the workforce. This is phase two of a four-year collaboration with four programmes developed in total.

Satwat Rehman, Director, OPFS said: “Single parents want to make better futures for their children. In attempting to balance employment with parenting in a society where parenting requirements are often not recognised, many single parents become employed in less qualified, lower paying and precarious employment, sometimes on zero-hour contracts. Coupled with a lack of flexible and affordable childcare they often suffer in-work poverty as a result. OPFS will be engaging closely with employers in Scotland to design and implement the best approaches when working with single parents as employees. We are providing easily accessible tools which will benefit employers and single parents by supporting them to work more efficiently together which can achieve the potential of single parents as employees to benefit their families and their employers.”

Two programmes have been produced and piloted over the two-year period from 2016-2018:

  1. Online training for single parents in employment who struggle to stay employed and progress in their roles.
  2. Online training for HR specialists and employers who want to benefit from the professional potential of single parents and retain experienced staff.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

About OPFS

  • OPFS has been supporting and campaigning for single parents for over 70 years.
  • Free of charge Lone Parent Helpline (0808 801 0323) provides support and advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, moving into work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues.
  • OPFS supports thousands of single parents every year through its Lone Parent Helpline and information services. It also runs projects in Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeenshire, Falkirk and Lanarkshire.

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There will be live tweeting at the launch event today using the hashtags #WorkFamilyBalance and #StrongerFamiliesEU

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