• Eligible employees can take up to 52 weeks’ adoption leave and 39 weeks’ statutory adoption pay. They may also be entitled to opt into the shared parental leave scheme in the first year after the child’s placement for adoption — subject to meeting the eligibility and notification requirements. General Qualifying Conditions

  • Police officers are excluded from the statutory right to take adoption leave. Police staff do qualify for adoption leave as employees. Individual force policies may make certain provisions for police officers with regard to adoptions.

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