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Youth Workers Breakthrough on Work Life Balance and Flexible Working

APRIL 18, 2018

Youth and Community workers have reached a significant agreement with Local Government employers group the LGA (Local Government Association) on flexible working and work life balance arrangements which could affect thousands of people working with Children and Young people in England & Wales.

New guidelines on work life balance have been issued to all local authorities and authorities that determine their youth and community workers terms and conditions using the JNC Pink Book will be expected to respect these guidelines.

Employers will be asked to consider a variety of flexible working options for staff and accommodate youth and community workers who often work at weekends and late at night providing services to children and young people in their locality.  

It has been shown that work-related stress is more prevalent in the publics service sector such as health, education and social care and work related to these areas, and this could lead to ill health consequences such as cancer, heart disease and other ailments. Work life balance and flexible working arrangements and tools to combat work related stress are vital.

"We have been trying to get an agreement on this topic for two years and on behalf of the staff side JNC, we are pleased that this policy is now in place which we hope will provide a blueprint for better working practices for all youth & community workers in England and Wales." said Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, national officer for Unite union and staff side secretary for JNC pink book.

He continues, "This agreement is testimony to why the JNC pink book terms, conditions and pay should remain in place since it is a force for social justice for youth and community workers, which enriches and improves services delivered to children and young people across the land."

This guidance has now been published and can be found on the link here

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