SCMH Parental Buddy Scheme

• Who is the scheme for?
The School operates a Parental Buddy Scheme, where staff about to go on or returning from leave have the opportunity to be paired up with a maternity/paternity returner. The scheme is open to men and women before, during, and after maternity, paternity, shared parental, or adoption leave.

• What is the buddy scheme?
The buddy scheme is a flexible and informal arrangement that links you with a colleague who has personal experience of being on leave, ‘the buddy’.

• What is the role of the buddy?
The buddy scheme is informal and the role can vary depending on the individuals involved, but it is thought that the buddy can act as a sounding board to answer any questions, offer and receive mutual support and advice and share tips about managing child care issues and workloads. This “first-hand” experience will be helpful in making the transition to the dual role of parent and employee.

• What does the buddy not do?
Buddies are not advocates so if you are having issues with work-related matters, or specific members or staff, then the usual HR processes apply.

• How do I get a buddy?
If would like to participate in the scheme, please contact Stacy Robertson, and you will be matched to a buddy who is available.