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.
More information can be found in our guidance:
- Improving uptake of shared parental leave: Guidance for UK higher education institutions and colleges in Scotland (March 2018)
- Improving the use of KIT and SPLIT days: Guidance for UK higher education institutions and colleges in Scotland (July 2018)
Shared parental leave regulations came into force in the UK in 2015. 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 recognises the role partners of mothers and adopters play in childrearing, giving it the potential to advance equality of opportunity between people of different sexes and sexual orientations as part of a wider, longer-term cultural shift that supports non-traditional families.
Shared parental leave can be used alongside, or instead of, maternity and adoption leave.