You and your partner may be able to take time off work if your child dies before they turn 18, or if you have a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The death or stillbirth must have happened on or after 6 April 2020.

This guide is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).

You might be able to get leave, pay or both. You may be eligible for:

  • Parental Bereavement Leave
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay

There’s rules about when you can take your leave and pay and how to claim.

You can only claim Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Leave if you’re employed in England, Scotland or Wales.

Employment rights when on leave

Your employment rights are protected while on Parental Bereavement Leave. This includes your right to:

  • pay rises
  • build up (‘accrue’) holiday
  • return to work