Safety & Welfare

Life-Work Balance

It is well recognised within the Film & TV industry that the long hours we work has a detrimental effect on our family lives, our social lives as well our mental and physical wellbeing, and often that of those closest to us. We hope to move conversations around life-work balance forward and help carry forward the voices of our members to strive for improved workplace practices and create space

We want to see steps taken within productions to allow us to be viewed with a human face rather than as a cog in a machine, and enable us to achieve:

  • Life-work balance

  • Provision for caring commitments

  • Family friendly work arrangements such as flexible working, job shares, home and remote working

External resources

BECTU guide on working arrangements relating to wellbeing, home and remote working, flexible working and pregnancy / maternity equality.

THE TV MINDSET is a TV & Film industry initiative that aims to provide professional and peer support for freelancers, particularly with mental health, as well as bring meaningful change to working practices in the industry. They run regular events and partnerships as well as linking to livestreams and practical resources to help navigate the freelance world.

RAISING FILMS calls on the UK screen industries to serve its parent and carer members better, to increase their number, and to make it possible for all voices to be heard. They aim to provide information, education and solutions including; financial assistance for child and elder care; flexible working and access to child and elder care; formalising ways to combat discrimination; normalising conversations around caring commitments with employers.

WONDER WORKS aim to set a new precedent within the film industry through the provision of on-set childcare. Their goal is to see accessible, affordable and flexible support for families as the standard across all productions.

CINEMAMAS is an online platform for mothers and all parents working in the film industry who want to connect and create a positive community built around mutual support. Cinemamas promote flexible work and job-sharing opportunities and where possible, can provide mentoring and ad hoc advice.

PREGNANT THEN SCREWED is a charity led by women with lived experience of pregnancy and maternity discrimination. Their campaigns include working towards improved support and legislation for those who are self-employed and on temporary contracts if they are women who become pregnant, giving self-employed fathers the opportunity to split maternity allowances as they choose, making childcare work for those on universal credit, making childcare properly subsidised, possibility of flexible working for all.