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Parental Leave

The Parental Leave Policy is one of the NHS GGC Work-Life Balance Policies which allows our staff to spend more quality time with their children.

The policy document is current awaiting review to ensure it reflects changes in the relevant legislation, however you can find all the information you need below until the revised policy appears here.

Who is eligible?

Employees who have both:

  • 12 months' continuous service with one or more NHS employers; and 
  • Parental responsibility for a child under 14 (for paid parental leave) or under 18 (for unpaid parental leave).

What is available?

A maximum of 18 weeks per child:

  • Up to four weeks of paid parental leave per child to be taken before that child's 14th birthday;
  • Up to 14 further weeks of unpaid parental leave per child to be taken before that child's 18th birthday.

How do you apply?

Employees should complete this Parental Leave Application Form and submit it to their manager.

For more information please see the further guidance below and if you still have any questions please feel free to contact the HR Support and Advice Unit.

Please note: If you were looking for information about sharing Maternity or Adoption Leave between parents - or would like to know more about this - please see Shared Parental Leave