Chartered accountants Thomas Westcott has announced it has signed up to the Miscarriage Association’s Pregnancy Loss Pledge.
The national initiative has been set up for employers to commit to supporting their staff through the distress of miscarriage.
Founded in 1982, the Miscarriage Association offers support and information to anyone affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy. The charity also raises awareness and promotes good practice in medical care.
By signing up the Pledge, Thomas Westcott has agreed to:
- Encourage a supportive work environment where people feel able to discuss and disclose pregnancy and/or loss without fear of being disadvantaged or discriminated against.
- Ensure staff understand pregnancy related leave and feel able to take the time off they need.
Show empathy and understanding towards people and their partners experiencing pregnancy loss.
- Provide pregnancy loss guidance, including information on sickness and being mindful of the needs of partners.
- Encourage our leaders to use guidance from the Miscarriage Association to support someone experiencing pregnancy loss
- Support people back to work by being responsive to their needs and being flexible.
Thomas Westcott head of HR Simon Irvin said: “Estimates suggest one in four pregnancies end in loss, so this is sadly an issue that affects many people. We are committed to ensuring any of our team members who are affected are supported through these extremely difficult times.
“Caring for our colleagues personally and professionally is a core part of our culture here at Thomas Westcott. We felt it was important for us to sign up to the pledge, which is designed to support the many people affected by pregnancy loss.”