Announcement of Pregnancy

The following guidance should be read in conjunction with the University’s Maternity Leave Policy and Procedure.

  • It is important that the member of staff informs their manager at an early stage of the pregnancy, to enable an appropriate risk assessment to be undertaken.

  • It is particularly important for a risk assessment to be conducted as early as possible, if the member of staff is working within a potential risk environment. In such circumstances, the member of staff may wish to inform their Departmental Safety Officer* when still in the early stages of pregnancy. This will enable an early assessment of potential risks, whilst enabling the staff member to determine when they wish to announce their pregnancy to their manager and work colleagues.

  • Once the staff member has announced their pregnancy, planning can begin for the anticipated absence with their manager.

*If you are uncertain of your Departmental Safety Officer, please contact Health and Safety.

Further guidance and support 

FamilyFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you have any questions relating to all aspects of family leave, the FAQs below have been developed to support and guide both staff and managers.

FamilyFamily Leave

If you need information, guidance and support relating any of the family leave provisions available to staff at the University of Sheffield, this can be found at the link below.

FamilyCharities & Support Networks

The following links provide details of charities and support networks which may be helpful to both staff and managers.

JuiceJuice, Everyday Health & Wellbeing

Juice helps you take care of your everyday health and wellbeing at work, bringing together a range of services, guidance and activities, creating a remarkable place to work and further information can be found at the link below.

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