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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.

  • Adoption

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

  • Benefits and Tax Credits

    A comprehensive guide to benefits for working families.

  • Childcare

    Finding care for your child and how your employer can help you.

  • Discrimination as a parent/carer

    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.

  • Emergency and Parental Leave

    Information on rights to leave and pay and Time off for Dependants.

  • Employment Rights

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

  • Employment Tribunals

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

  • Flexible Working

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

  • Paternity

    Your guide to Paternity rights, pay and leave.

  • Parents and carers of dependants with a disability

    Information and resources for people who work or wish to work and have caring responsibilities for dependants with a disability.

  • Pregnancy and Maternity

    Your rights during pregnancy and maternity leave, including returning to work and discrimination.

  • Shared Parental Leave

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

  • Toolkit for parents

    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.

  • Universal Credit

    A comprehensive guide to Universal Credit, a new benefit which will replace six existing benefits and tax credits over the next few years.

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Parents and Carers Helpline

0300 012 0312

Our Legal Helpline gives parents and carers advice on employment rights such as maternity and paternity leave, rights to time off in an emergency, and parental leave, as well as helping them to negotiate the flexible hours they want.

Our helpline number is an 0300 number and costs the same as a national call, but should be included in any free minutes you have with your mobile phone provider.

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