While positive steps have been taken in recent years to support pregnant women and new mothers to remain in work, significant challenges remain. According to a 2023 survey from That Works for Me, only 24% of the women sampled go back to full-time work after having children, and 74% of that number ultimately end up leaving due to the challenges of parenting and full time employment. It is evident that employers must work resolutely to protect women from workplace discrimination, plan for maternity leave and safeguard the health and safety of pregnant employees before and after childbirth.

  • Of 26,000 parents sampled, 43% were considering leaving their jobs due to childcare costs according to a March 2022 report from Pregnant Then Screwed
  • Since the beginning of COVID 19, one in four pregnant women and new mums received unfair treatment or discrimination at work, according to a June 2020 report from TUC
  • In that same timescale, one in 10 pregnant women said their commitment to work had been challenged by either their manager or employer, according to the same TUC report

Join us at The Maternity in the Workplace Conference 2024 to hear the latest guidance and initiatives on delivering high quality maternity support in the workplace. Learn from a range of best practice case studies covering a variety of key topics, including identifying and challenging maternity-based discrimination, making reasonable adjustments for pregnant women and new mothers as well as developing effective policies and resources to support employees after maternity leave in returning to work. There will also be the opportunity to network with senior colleagues from a range of organisations to discuss common challenges and solutions around creating an inclusive and supportive workplace culture.

Why Attend:
High-level keynotes on the latest guidance and initiatives for improving maternity support in the workplace
 Case studies showcasing best practice in developing and implementing maternity policies that support women in the workplace
 Networking opportunities with senior colleagues from a range of settings
  4 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota

This is a live event taking place online:
 Access a full live event with 4 hours of CPD points from home
 Network and connect with colleagues in breakout networking sessions and the meeting hub
  Interact with speakers through live Q&A and networking
 Review event materials and presentations post-event
 Receive additional resources to boost your learning and support you in your role

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks 

    Professor Sarah Jewell, Professor in Economics, University of Reading (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: National Guidance on Improving Maternity Policies and Resources

    • Maternity policies in the UK and international comparative context
    • Advice on developing a clearly communicated maternity policy and signposting staff to resources
    • Strategies for building an inclusive culture: facilitating allyship and establishing maternity staff networks
    • Conducting internal reviews to identify discrimination and potential barriers to workplace progression and success

    Meenakshi Krishnan, Principal Research Consultant, Institute for Employment Studies (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote: Delivering Organisation-Wide, Holistic Maternity Support in the Workplace

    • Best practice guidance on creating and promoting inclusive parental leave policies, ensuring all expectant parents are supported
    • Training and upskilling line managers to ensure maternity policies are delivered consistently across the organisation
    • Recommendations for co-creating a maternity plan to ensure a smooth transition to maternity leave and return to work
    • Best practice for facilitating breastfeeding in the workplace

    Joanne Waterworth, Head of Employer Services, Working Families (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Creating an Inclusive Workplace Culture: Ensuring Ease of Access to Specialist Advice and Resources

    • Identifying common maternity rights questions and challenges: case study examples
    • Accessing maternity rights advice; supporting women and families to positively engage with their employers using a legal capability approach
    • Health Justice Partnerships: improving access to specialist maternity rights advice and guidance through partnership working.

    Laura Arrowsmith, Senior Policy Officer and Rhiannon Maddocks, Employment Solicitor, Maternity Action (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Comfort Break

  • Breakout Networking: Creating a Supportive and Inclusive Workplace Culture to Improve the Experience of Expectant and New Mothers

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in changing workplace culture to create an inclusive work environment that supports staff throughout the maternity process, allowing you to share common challenges as well as solutions with colleagues from across the public sector.

  • Case Study: Delivering an Inclusive and Data-Driven Maternity Coaching Service in the Workplace

    • Supporting expectant, new and returning parents in the workplace
    • Designing an effective coaching service based on workplace-specific criteria
    • Securing external coaching and ensuring coaching takes place during working-hours
    • Medium-term impacts of coaching on occupational mobility and staff wellbeing
    • Enshrining data in your coaching and support services

    Emma Sheppard, Founder, Maternity Teacher Paternity Teacher (MTPT) Project (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Improving and Embedding Maternity Support Across Your Organisation through Positive Consultation and Engagement

    • Preparing for a new maternity offer: carrying out a robust self-assessment to identify weak points and establish targets for improvement
    • Working with trade unions and staff networks to access employee feedback in developing your maternity strategy
    • Training line managers to embed your organisational maternity offer and address cultural issues
    • Developing resources and workshops to educate employees on available maternity supports and rights

    Lisa Morrow, Director of Policy and Employee Relations, LSE (CONFIRMED)


  • Case Study: Making Service Improvements Beyond the Limitations of Maternity Legislation

    Andrea Oates, Health and Safety Writer, Labour Research Department (CONFIRMED)

  • Question and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


We are now taking bookings for our wide range of sponsorship and exhibition packages; we also offer bespoke packages tailored for your organisation.

Why Sponsor and Exhibit at this event:

 Network with key decision-makers
 Meet your target audience in the Sector
 Listen and Learn from leading experts across the Sector
 Opportunity to demonstrate your products or services
 Speak alongside leading experts
 Work with your dedicated account manager to generate the maximum amount of leads

Exhibition and Sponsorship Packages:

Strategic Headline Sponsor:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Pre show marketing email to all registered delegates
  • Post show inclusion on presentation email
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or A4 Chair Drop
  • 5 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Speaker Pass

Key Supporter Package:

  • 20-minute speaking slot followed by Q&A
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • A4 Insert or Chair Drop
  • 1 Speaker Pass
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes

Exhibition Stand:

  • 3x2m Exhibition Space (In the Refreshments and Catering room)
  • Power, Wifi, Table and 2 Chairs (If required)
  • Branding on Website and Event Guide (Logo and 100 Word Profile)
  • 2 Delegate Conference Passes
  • 1 Stand Manager Pass

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  • 1 Delegate Conference Pass
  • A4 insert into delegate pack or A4 Chair Drop

For more information or to discuss your requirements, please contact the team on 0330 0584 285, or sponsorship@governmentevents.co.uk or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you.

  • Public and Voluntary Sector: £260.00+VAT
  • Private Sector: £425.00+VAT

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