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Today the Government has announced that the new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act has been extended to support all families after a child dies.

This means that everyone acting as a parent and carer, including adopters, foster parents and guardians will be eligible for new workplace rights to two weeks paid leave when a child dies under the age of 18.

It will also cover more informal groups such as kinship carers, who may be a close relative or family friend who is responsible for the care of the child. The new Act is expected to come into force in 2020.

Steven Wibberley, Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, said:

"We are pleased that the Parental Bereavement Act has been widened to ensure that everyone who looks after a child is supported when they die.

"The death of a child is incredibly traumatic and it is vital the child’s family, whether it be their parents, foster parents or close family relatives who are looking after the child are given time to grieve and time to deal with some of the practical issues."

 

Read more about the Parental Bereavement Act.

For more information, please contact Becky Popperwell, Media and Campaigns Manager at Cruse Bereavement Care by emailing becky.popperwell@cruse.org.uk or calling 020 8939 9539.