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Advice for Parents & Carers

Information for working parents and carers on their employment rights, Tax Credits and in-work benefits, maternity and paternity leave, flexible working options and maternity discrimination. This includes a section especially for parents of disabled children.

  • read more on Adoption

    Adoption (8 articles)

    Understand your rights to leave and pay on the adoption of a child.

  • read more on Discrimination as a parent/carer

    Discrimination as a parent/carer (11 articles)

    Understand what to do if you have been treated unfairly because you are pregnant, have a new baby, are caring for a dependant or exercised one of your statutory parental rights.

  • read more on Employment Rights

    Employment Rights (3 articles)

    Information to help you understand your rights at work.Practitioners may also find the information on our Employment Tribunal pages useful.

  • read more on Employment Tribunals

    Employment Tribunals (2 articles)

    Resources for practitioners who support working parents in bringing an employment tribunal claim.

  • read more on Flexible Working

    Flexible Working (14 articles)

    Would you like to change your working hours? We give our advice on flexible working.

  • read more on Shared Parental Leave

    Shared Parental Leave (26 articles)

    Information on new leave and pay rights for parents of babies due or children being placed for adoption on or after 5th April 2015.

  • read more on Toolkit for parents

    Toolkit for parents (2 articles)

    If you’re expecting a new child in your family, you probably have lots of questions about maternity leave and pay, benefits, paternity rights and rights to request flexible working. Our popular factsheets summarise the information you are most likely to need at this crucial time, as well as parents of older children.

  • read more on Universal Credit

    Universal Credit (2 articles)

    An overview of some of the features of Universal Credit. Universal Credit is the main income-based benefit for people of working age who are making new claims. It is due to replace six existing benefits and tax credits over the next few years.