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Pregnancy & paternity leave

Students who discover they are pregnant should inform the work based learning team immediately. WBLT will then work with placement partners to ensure that Pregnancy risk assessments are completed in practice. If a student is already on placement they should make the placement area aware immediately to enable pregnancy risk assessments to be completed in line with local policy.

Apprenticeship students should follow the guidance of their employer regarding risk assessment and ensure their line manager is informed immediately.

The risk assessment is essential to assess any potential risks in relation to the student pregnancy – failure to declare that the student is pregnant could put the student’s pregnancy at risk.

Students may take time away from placement to attend antenatal appointments and should provide evidence of these appointments to the named placement supervisor/educator. In accordance with regulatory/professional body requirements minimum hours will still need to be achieved and the student may need to complete additional hours to accrue sufficient placement hours during allocated student holiday periods. Hours cannot be claimed for periods when students are not in attendance at placement.

Students are entitled to take up to two weeks’ paternity leave and should liaise with their course leader to discuss this. In accordance with regulatory/professional body requirements minimum hours will still need to be achieved and the student may need to complete additional hours to accrue sufficient placement hours during allocated student holiday periods.

Students should note that they are legally required to take 2 weeks maternity leave. This applies to both theory and practice settings.