Shared parental leave
Shared parental leave provides parents with more flexibility in childcare.
This information will be useful for those involved in either drafting or reviewing an institution’s shared parental leave policy. It will also be useful for staff who are involved in advancing equality and diversity within their organisation, for example through supporting their university’s work on Athena SWAN.
Shared parental leave regulations came into force in the UK on 1 December 2014. The purpose of shared parental leave is to provide parents with more flexibility in how they manage the care of their child during the first year of birth or adoption.
Shared parental leave can be used alongside, or instead of, maternity and adoption leave.
When he introduced the changes then deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg stated that shared parental leave is designed to ‘challenge the old-fashioned assumption that women will always be the parent that stays at home’.