PIPA Best Practice Charter

The PIPA Best Practice Charter is a set of guiding principles for all professional performing arts organisations to enable the development of supportive working practices which are inclusive and accessible for those with caring responsibilities.

PIPA is committed to working with organisations to increase business resilience by working towards the 10 Charter points, attracting and retaining a more flexible and diverse workforce. The PIPA Best Practice Charter Programme provides participating organisations with a tried and tested framework, comprehensive toolkit and ongoing support as well as PIPA accreditation. 

To find out more about the PIPA Best Practice Charter Programme please email pipacampaign@gmail.com


The Charter

1. Recruitment

Adopt recruitment practices across all departments, including casting and programming, to welcome and enable access to job opportunities for carers and parents from the widest possible talent pool, reducing possible exclusions.


2. Understanding your Workforce

Gain insight into the challenges and needs of the parent and carer workforce within the organisation, identifying and implementing practical and effective channels of communication.


3. Policies

Review, improve and clearly communicate current policies and practices to ensure the needs of carers and parents are considered and wherever possible supported.


4. Work Life Balance

Proactively consider making all roles (including short and long term contracts) visibly open to job share and flexible working in order to promote work life balance for all.


5. Supportive Working Practices

Develop and implement supportive working practices for all carers and parents across the organisation, including freelancers, zero hours and fixed term staff.


6. Provision

Offer practical provisions and resources to enable carers and parents to continue their career.


7. Access to Programmes

Provide programmes and activities that facilitate equal access for carers and parents to work, enabling all talent to engage.


8. Celebrating Best Practice

Promote and share best practice, resources and developments with PIPA, as well as internally and externally through press, social media and events.


9. Evaluation

Set targets, monitor and evaluate progress, sharing data with PIPA and other peers in the Performing Arts industry as well as funding bodies where appropriate.


10. Committing to Best Practice

Integrate PIPA best practice into company values and clearly communicate to collaborators and partners.


The PIPA Best Practice Charter was drafted by the following organisations as part of the Parents In Performing Arts 2016-17 Research Project, and was updated in 2018:

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.

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