Talk to your diocesan office about their policy for parental leave. They will also be able to advise on what you need to do about arranging cover while you are off work. Please refer to your diocesan website and/or clergy handbook or talk to your diocesan HR advisor if you need any further help or guidance.
We will make any claim for statutory parental leave on your behalf but you need to make sure you send the appropriate paperwork to your diocesan office as soon as possible so they can forward it on to us. If we do not receive this paperwork in time it will mean your diocesan office will not be able to claim money back from HMRC and may affect the level of stipend you receive during your leave.
There are 4 different types of statutory parental pay and leave available:
39 weeks of SMP is payable to expectant mothers to help them take time off work around the time of birth. You are also entitled to an additional 13 weeks of unpaid leave.
What to do if I'm expecting a baby?
- You will receive a Maternity Certificate (MAT B1 or equivalent) from your doctor or midwife
Send us this certificate via your diocesan office with the date when you plan to start your maternity leave and how long you would like your leave to last - you can amend this at a later stage but we do need to know when you are planning to start your leave.
We need your certificate at least 28 days before the start of your leave in order to set up a claim for SMP.
39 weeks of SAP is payable to an individual, or one member of a couple, adopting a child to enable him or her to take time off work around the time the child is placed.
What to do if I'm adopting a child?
Obtain a Matching Certificate (or equivalent) from the adoption agency
Send us this Certificate via your diocesan office with a note of the date when you plan to start you adoption leave
We need your certificate at least 28 days before the start of your leave to set up a claim for SAP. We appreciate there is sometimes very little time between the date you are matched and the date a child is placed with you, please send as soon as reasonably possible.
SPP is payable to the new father, to enable him to support the mother in the first few weeks after the birth. It is also payable to the second member of a couple adopting a child.
You can choose to take 1 or 2 (consecutive) weeks.
It must be taken within 8 weeks of the date the child is born or placed with the adopter
To make a claim for SPP use one of the following forms:
Form SC3 Becoming a parent
Form SC4 Becoming an adoptive parent
We need your paperwork at least 28 days before the start of your leave in order to set up your claim.
ShPP is payable to eligible office holders to enable them to take parental leave in separate blocks, so they can return to work for part of the time and then continue leave at a later date.
It is relatively new and quite complex. Here are some key points to note:
The mother must take at least 2 weeks maternity leave, the remaining 50 weeks of leave can then be shared between both parents
Both parents can be off at the same time
Leave can be taken in a maximum of 3 blocks and must be agreed at least 8 weeks in advance
It also applies to adoptive parents, where up to 52 weeks can be shared (including 13 weeks of unpaid leave)
Maternity/Adoption leave may need to end earlier in order to set Shared parental leave and pay
To make a claim provide your funding body with appropriate paperwork
Shared Parental Leave Form (for Maternity)
Shared Parental Leave Forms (for Adoption)
The information above is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing, if any of the information is not clear or is out of date please contact us.
For the latest information please visit the government's website.