Family Friendly / Work-Life Balance

The SPS seeks to ensure that all of our employees enjoy a healthy work-life balance and have developed a suite of policies to promote flexible working and a positive, family-friendly workplace.


Maternity & Parenting

The SPS Maternity and Parenting Policy has been revised to reflect statutory changes including in relation to paternity leave and the provision of guidance relating to surrogacy.

Changes as per Pay Outcome 2016 have been reflected in Version 2 of this policy. These will be effective from 1st January 2017.

Access the Maternity & Parenting policy version 1 here.

Access the Maternity & Parenting policy version 2 here.

Access the Maternity & Parenting policy Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EHRIA) here.

Occasional Homeworking

This Policy sets out the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) policy on occasional homeworking and sets out the procedure that should be followed when employees wish to make an application for homeworking.

This policy should be read as part of the organisation's overall Flexible Working practices.

Access the Occasional Homeworking policy here.
Access the Occasional Homeworking policy Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EHRIA) here.

Shared Parental Leave

The Scottish Prison Service complies with the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014, which provides a statutory right for eligible employees to take Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in connection with the birth of a child due on or after 5th April 2015, or placement of an adopted child on or after 5th April 2015. This policy sets out the statutory rights and responsibilities of employees who wish to take statutory Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and statutory Shared Parental Pay (SHPP). This policy applies to all SPS employees.

Shared Parental Leave enables parents to choose how to share the care of their child during the first year of birth or adoption. Its purpose is to give parents more flexibility in considering how to best care for, and bond with, their child.  

Changes as per Pay Outcome 2016 have been reflected in Version 2 of this policy. These will be effective from 1st January 2017.

This document forms part of the SPS suite of Family Friendly & Work Life Balance Policies.

Access the Shared Parental Leave policy version 1 here.
Access the Shared Parental Leave policy version 2 here.
Access the Shared Parental Leave policy Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment (EHRIA) here.