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Paternity Leave

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL5845, tabled on 23 February 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the main elements of the campaign to encourage more fathers to take shared parental leave; and what is the take-up target.

Answered on

5 March 2018

The Shared Parental Leave (SPL) campaign is jointly sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Government Equalities Office.

It involves advertising online, on posters in rail stations, bus shelters and on roadsides and in some print publications, driving to a website which contains more information and links to guidance on the policy. We are also working with key stakeholders and using PR to communicate our messages to both parents and their employers.

The aim of the campaign is to increase awareness of SPL and encourage more parents to discuss this with their partners and employers. We are not able to set a target for take up of shared parental leave as this data is not collected or reported on by employers.