Family-Friendly Policies

Handbook for business


UNICEF applies a child rights lens to define family-friendly policies as the measures and arrangements that have a positive impact on workers’ abilities to reconcile work and family responsibilities – and advance the development and well-being of their children.

The potential constructive impacts of family-friendly policies include reducing child mortality and low birthweight, decreasing instances of child abuse, increasing rates of breastfeeding and immunization, and enhancing children’s cognitive development and school performance.

As demonstrated throughout this handbook, it is vital to recognize the contribution these policies can make in improving children’s lives.

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