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Special leave

Parental Bereavement leave is part of the University’s Special Leave scheme.  Find out more.

Parental Bereavement leave

Parental Bereavement leave

From 6 April 2020 parents and adults with parental responsibility who have suffered the loss of a child after 24 weeks of pregnancy and before 18 years of age will be entitled to a statutory 2 weeks leave. This is a day one right. This will be paid at your normal pay.

The two weeks leave can be taken either in one block of two weeks or in two separate blocks of one week each. It must be taken within 56 weeks of the date of the child’s death. Notice of this leave will be flexible given the nature of it. If an employee loses more than one child you are eligible for the leave for each child.

Applying for parental bereavement leave

The member of staff must notify their manager as soon as is reasonably practicable, explaining the reason for their absence and how long they expect to be away.

The employee/manager must request and approve the leave manually (via email) and send to to process. Please esnure to give full information regarding names, employee number, dates for leave.