Save the Children offers up to three months' parental leave to all staff on full pay

The policy is believed to be the most generous such arrangement among UK charities

Save the Children UK has said it will offer all staff up to three months’ parental leave on full pay.

The organisation believes the new policy is the most generous among major UK charities, based on benchmarking research carried out by an external source and examination of policies operated by comparable organisations in this area.

It will mean that all new parents, regardless of gender, will be able to take up to 12 weeks’ leave on full pay in the year after their children's birth or adoption, provided they have been working for the charity for at least three months before the child arrives.

The policy will be backdated to 1 October and will be available to any staff member who met the qualifying criteria on that date.

It is independent of statutory parental leave polices, including shared parental leave and unpaid parental leave, the charity said.

Save said the new policy had emerged from an independent review of its workplace culture last year.

The review was sparked by the past sexual misconduct of former senior employees, including its former chief executive, Justin Forsyth, and has led to the charity establishing a staff-led change programme to help it improve in areas including diversity and inclusion and workplace conduct.

Laura-Louise Fairley, accountability manager and co-chair of the parents’ network at Save the Children, said: "Mums and dads at Save the Children want to live in a society where all parents have the chance to play an active role in their babies' first months, regardless of wealth or how their child was born.

"The current shared parental leave system in Britain simply doesn’t work, so we came up with something better.

"We’re delighted Save the Children has taken this transformative step towards truly equal parenthood."

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