Professor Susan Yeandle presents "Managing work and care: progress and strategies in work-care reconciliation policy and campaigns"
The presentation highlights three examples:
- the work and impact of the ACE (Action for Carers and Employment) project, led by Carers UK in 2002-07, which established 'Employers for Carers' in the UK and has been influential in the UK and beyond;
- the focus in some countries on the ‘right to request’ flexible working, notably in the UK, Australia and New Zealand; and
- developments in countries where work-care reconciliation has been addressed through the introduction of paid carers’ leave, such as Sweden, New Zealand and Japan.
The presentation concludes with some comments on policy transfer, policy trajectories and the fit between different work-care reconciliation options. This will be followed by a panel discussion:
Caroline Mulcahy, Carers’ Australia will respond to Professor Yeandle’s address reflecting on the Australian carers’ organisation experience.
Professor Sara Charlesworth, RMIT University will reflect briefly on regulation supporting carers in the workplace in Australia.
Professor Sue Yeandle
Sue’s research focuses on policies and practices which affect caring roles throughout the life course and includes carers and their support needs; the paid care workforce; the role of technology in systems of care and support; and comparative international analysis of policy on care, carers and caring. Sue led AKTIVE, a UK academic-industry collaboration on telecare use by older people and its impact on those caring for them, in 2011-14.
Sue is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Care and Caring, a new journal being launched by The Policy Press in 2017. She was ARK Atlantic Philanthropies Fellow, Queens Belfast and Ulster Universities in 2015, has held visiting positions in Australia, Canada and Finland, and is a partner in the SSHRC-funded project Gender, Migration and the Work of Care, University of Toronto. Sue participated in the UK Government’s Task and Finish Group on Carers in Employment, 2012-13; advised on the Prime Minister’s Review of the National Carers’ Strategy, 2007-08, and was Special Adviser, House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry on Carers, 2007-08.
Sue’s recent publications include Combining Paid Work and Family Care: policies and experiences in international perspective (2013, Policy Press, ed. with T Kröger) and the AKTIVE working papers: www.aktive.org.uk. Her next book, Carers' organisations and their impact: The creation of a global movement, is due from The Policy Press in 2018.