Equality and Diversity

Pregnancy and Maternity

Information and advice on pregnancy and maternity, one of the 9 protected characteristics under the Equality Act where discrimination is unlawful.

Pregnancy and Maternity defined under the Equality Act, Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby.

Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context.

In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.

Family Friendly Policies and Initiatives

Our famiy friendly section of this website includes details of our Maternity, Paternity. Shared Parental Leave, Policies etc.

It also includes information on childcare vouchers and childcare provision, and family events.