Family leave

We want to support our staff through all their different life changes. And we know all families and situations are unique, which is why we have a range of support available. 

 

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Maternity leave

We offer statutory maternity leave (a total of 52 weeks maternity leave; up to 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave and up to 26 weeks additional maternity leave), but we provide enhanced occupational maternity pay for those who meet the qualifying length of service criteria.

Paternity leave

We offer statutory paternity leave (up to two weeks pro-rata) if you’ve been working in the Service at least 26 weeks.

Shared parental leave

Parental leave allows you to share your leave with your partner, so you choose when you return to work. We offer the statutory amount (up to 50 weeks), but those who meet the qualifying length of service criteria are eligible to take more. 

Adoption and foster care leave

We offer statutory adoption and foster care leave in line with statutory maternity leave (a total of 52 weeks leave; up to 26 weeks ordinary leave and up to 26 weeks additional leave), but we provide enhanced occupational adoption and foster care pay for those who meet the qualifying length of service criteria.

Parental leave

We’re committed to making sure that our staff have the ability to balance their career with their role as a carer too. You have the option to take statutory leave (up to 18 weeks unpaid) to spend time with your child if you need it.