PIPA Best Practice Charter

The PIPA Best Practice Charter is a set of guiding principles for all professional theatre organisations to follow, ensuring that places of work – and access to work – become as inclusive and accessible as possible to carers and parents.

Organisations wishing to sign up to the PIPA Best Practice Charter and be listed on our supporters page will be required to:

  • Complete and submit a baseline survey
  • Set at least two targets based on the charter
  • Submit an action plan
  • Complete and submit an end-line survey

This process will be renewed annually.

PIPA is committed to supporting organisations to work towards the charter to increase business resilience. The Business Support Program will work in partnership with organisations, providing a framework, strategies and support as well as baseline and endline monitoring. Participating organisations will receive the PIPA kitemark.

A PIPA steering group will report generally on progress across the industry annually, share benchmarked data and celebrate examples of success.

The Charter

The PIPA Best Practice Charter makes the following recommendations for organisations and practitioners to actively commit to equal access to work by:

1. Adopting recruitment practices, including casting and programming, to welcome and enable access to job opportunities to carers and parents from the widest possible talent pool, reducing possible exclusions.

2. Proactively considering making roles (including short and long term contracts) open to job share and flexible working, and including this option visibly in recruitment materials.

3. Reviewing and clearly communicating current policies and practices to ensure the needs of carers and parents are considered and wherever possible supported, and identifying key contacts within organisations for freelancers/employees to discuss their caring needs.

4. Identifying areas for change and improvement and actively developing strategies to overcome barriers for those with caring responsibilities.

5. Offering programmes and activities that promote equal access for carers and parents working in the performing arts.

6. Sharing best-practice, tools and training within the wider performing arts community and PIPA to help build an effective network for equality, diversity and inclusion across the sector.

7. Having in place at least one named individual within your organisation sufficiently senior to implement strategies to achieve change and to take responsibility for progress being achieved.

8. Setting targets, monitoring and evaluating progress internally, sharing data with peers in the Performing Arts Industry and funding bodies where appropriate.

9. Visibly supporting and promoting better working practices for all carers and parents across the organisation, including Board Level, as well as external communications including newsletters, press, social media and events


In partnership with 22 Theatre Organisations PIPA is currently developing the Best Practice Charter Program, developing a monitoring and evaluation framework and supporting toolkit.

Organisations will be able to sign up to the PIPA Best Practice Charter from November 2018.



The PIPA Best Practice Charter was drafted by the following organisations as part of the Parents In Performing Arts 2016-17 Research Project:

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Dundee Rep Theatre, English Touring Theatre, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse, Hull Truck Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Royal Court Theatre, Stellar Quines Theatre Company, Theatre by the Lake and The Old Vic.