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The University of Cambridge aims to provide adoption benefits which comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law on adoption rights and are in excess of these statutory requirements.

This policy aims to inform employees of their contractual and statutory adoption rights, and to ensure that those rights are understood.


This policy applies to all employees, regardless of their length of service, marital or civil partnership status and their entitlement to statutory adoption benefits.

Provisions laid down by the Statutory Adoption Pay regulations implemented under the Employment Act 2002 and the Work and Families Act 2006 state that employees eligible to take Statutory Adoption Pay are those who are newly matched with a child for adoption by an approved adoption agency. Adoption leave and pay will be available to individuals who adopt or one member of a couple where a couple adopt jointly (the couple may choose which partner takes adoption leave).

The partner of an individual who adopts, or the other member of a couple who are adopting jointly, may be entitled to paternity leave and pay.