A new law to be introduced in the UK will guarantee parents the right to two weeks paid leave following the death of a child under the age of 18.
The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act has received the Royal Assent and is expected to come into force in the UK in 2020.
The new law gives parents a day one right to the two weeks leave following the death of a child under the age of 18 and if they suffer a stillbirth after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Business Minister and MP for Rochester and Strood, Kelly Tolhurst said.
This law makes Parental Bereavement Leave a legal right for the first time in the UK’s history.
Losing a child is an unimaginable trauma. I am delighted we have reached this important milestone which so many have campaigned for.
I’d like to thank all the people who have helped make this law a reality, including the brave parent campaigners who have spoken out about their own experiences.
Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Thirsk and Malton. introduced the private members bill in July 2017 and received backing from the government.
Francine Bates, Chief Executive of the Lullaby Trust that campaigns and raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) said;
At The Lullaby Trust we know how devastating the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or a child is for parents.
This new law is a big step forward in recognising the needs of bereaved families in our society and will help to ensure that parents are not unduly pressurised to return to work immediately following the death of their child.