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Employee handbook

Being a parent or carer

Maternity leave

You are entitled to 52 weeks statutory maternity leave. We also offer contractual maternity pay. The maternity policy contains more information about maternity leave.

Read the Maternity policy

Paternity leave

We will give you two weeks paternity leave on full pay. Full details are found in the paternity policy.

Read the Paternity policy

Adoption leave

Our adoption policy provides assistance through the stages of adoption, and details of what leave you will be eligible for.

Read the Adoption policy

Shared parental leave

If you and your partner would like to share the caring responsibilities for your new child, then you may wish to consider shared parental leave. You can find full details about this type of leave, and what you need to do, on the UK government website.

If you are eligible, you can share up to 50 weeks. The pay provisions for shared parental leave mirror the contractual provisions for maternity and adoption pay.

Family care leave

You can take 18 weeks of unpaid leave for each individual for whom you have a caring responsibility. Full information about family leave can be found in the family care leave policy and guidance for managers and staff.

Read the Family care leave policy