Policy Type Policy

Carer’s, compassionate bereavement and parental leave

A policy that aims to address the lack of support for staff who have caring responsibilities, and the lack of recognition of the different dimensions of what that support might look like. The policy lays out guidelines that aim to help relieve some of this stress and enable both employer and employee to be clear about where they stand regarding support and time off work.

Induction policy for new staff

An induction policy to provide a framework for identifying and sorting out any initial difficulties which can occur in the early stages of starting a job. The aim is to provide a supporting structure for the new employee and alleviate some of the initial pressures that can arise when starting a new post. For existing members, it also helps clarify how to support new members effectively.

Staff review procedure

A staff review process aiming to: 1) review progress and priorities, 2) explore and resolve any problems in these areas, 3) discuss the employee's potential and future training needs, 4) set targets for future work and training if relevant. Staff take it in turns to review each other.

Recruitment procedure

A recruitment process for paid staff (permanent or temporary), aiming to overcome the problem of processes that are more likely to recruit people from privileged backgrounds.

Staff undertaking training courses or volunteering roles

A policy aiming to support employees undertaking short courses and those of a longer duration such as certificates, diplomas or MAs that require intensive study. The policy also recognises that small organisation often have has limited resources. The policy also covers sabbaticals and extended voluntary work.

Shared parental leave

A policy that aims to improve on the amount of time off and pay linked to statutory parental leave, which can be shared equally between parents.

Staff support & performance improvement procedure

A policy to support staff who are struggling to meet the aims of their role, rather than treating under-performance as a disciplinary issue, like behavioural or ethical concerns. Acknowledging the ableism that is often implicit in disciplinary policies and offering comprehensive collective support for staff, with a recognition that disability, illness and other wider life circumstances may affect someone's ability to do their job.

Co-op member / volunteer agreements

A plain-English policy to clarify the different roles held by volunteers and paid members within a youth work cooperative. Includes simple outline template agreements for volunteers and for cooperative members.