What is the Charter Programme?

The PiPA Best Practice Charter was drafted by 14 leading UK theatre organisations as part of Parents In Performing Arts 2016-17, a research project funded by Arts Council England.

The Charter acts as a road map, setting out guiding principles that any performing arts organisation can follow to ensure inclusive, accessible working practices for those with caring responsibilities.

A pioneering initiative, The Charter is a working document, constantly updated in the light of PiPA’s evolving experience, our partners’ real world circumstances and best practice influences from other sectors.

As a result, the Charter provides relevant and proven practical guidance for any arts body seeking to attract and retain a more flexible and diverse workforce.

What Do I Get As A Partner?

Use a tried and tested framework for supporting carers and parents

TAKE THE BENCHMARK SURVEY AND RECEIVE INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT

An in-depth framework to review your policies, working practices and resources, which will highlight your strengths and areas for development when supporting your parent and carer workforce.

PARTICIPATE IN SYMPOSIUMS AND PIPA EVENTS

Driven by best practice and ispirational industry leaders, these events enable all pipa charter partners to collaborate on issues pertinent to the development of your family friendly working, to produce shared solutions.

SHARE BEST PRACTICE AND LEARNING WITH PEERS

Being a charter partner means you are part of a uk-wide network of performing arts organisations, all striving for change. This enables organisations of different sizes and dicilpines to learn from and support one another.

SUPPORT FROM PIPA TEAM

Since 2016 pipa have been progressing the agenda of supportive practices for parents and carers in performing arts, informed by research and actioned in parternship with performing arts organisations and unions. The pipa team use this knowledge to support you in the change you want to achieve in your organisation.

SUPPORT TO COMPLETE BESPOKE ACTION PLAN

The indiviual assessment provides practical recommendations to inform an action plan, formed of short-term and strategic points that are achievable, based on your own capacity and reflective of your current agenda.

HOLD INTERNAL FOCUS GROUPS

Obtaining vital insight from your parent and carer workforce can support you in identifying key challenges and solutions, esuring your strategy is relevent and representative. We can support in the facilitation of these focus groups.

ACCESS TO EXTENSIVE PRACTICAL TOOLKIT AND CASE STUDIES

Whether you are developing a new policy, creating a family friendly welcome pack or trialing a flexible rehearsal schedule, we have case studies, resources and guidelines created by charter parters who have already exploredthat area of work. These capture their advice and learning to support the successful implimentation of your own initiatives.

CELEBRATION OF ACHIEVEMENTS AND INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

Sharing the success from each charter parter strengthens our collective ability to show the rest of the industry what is possible. We do this through social media, national press, research papers, network groups, events and webinars.

What our Partners say about us

“We found the PIPA Baseline Survey incredibly useful - it’s clear how much consideration, thought and care has gone into it. Simply the act of working through the questions helped us remind ourselves what we already do that’s great, and challenge ourselves on what more we can do in future – as well as sparking new ideas and creative approaches we hadn’t considered before. The Baseline Survey Report was tailored to our organisation, and full of practical suggestions, information and links to other resources. Finally, the support and guidance from the team at PIPA, and Matt in particular, has been invaluable both in helping us think about our own internal approach, and connecting us with other organisations and best practice.”

Kate Sirdifield, HR Manager- Royal Shakespeare Company

Becoming A Charter Partner

Becoming a Charter Partner gives you the tools, resources and policies you need to start implementing family-friendly working practices.