Childlessness

Childlessness, not by choice, is different to being childfree, which, like becoming a parent, is a life choice.  It affects one in five females, significant numbers of males, trans and non-binary people, as well as those close to the individuals affected.

Supporting our childless colleagues in the workplace is very much a part of Equality and Diversity, and often overlooked.  You may be aware that one or more of your colleagues does not have children so consider the reasons why this may be the case.  Here are a few ways to support fellow staff who are childless, not by choice.

In the Workplace

Childless Staff Network

Whether you’re childless due to infertility or circumstance, the University of Bristol Childless Staff Network is here as a supportive, friendly, and compassionate community.  Join a group of staff who “get” what it’s like to be a childless person in a workplace environment and who would like to share experiences, access a support network and / or raise awareness of childlessness at work.

Support Networks Outside of the University

My Childless Journey - One Person's Testimony

Everybody has a different story – here’s the testimony of one University of Bristol Staff Member:

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