What notice and evidence is an employee required to provide to receive statutory adoption pay in relation to a child adopted from within the UK?

An employee who is adopting a child from within the UK must provide the employer with notice of the date on which they have chosen the statutory adoption pay period to start, at least 28 days before that date. If this is not reasonably practicable, the employee must give notice as soon as is reasonably practicable. It will not always be practicable to give the full 28 days' notice, given that there may be a relatively short period of time between the employee receiving notification of being matched with a child for adoption and the child being placed with them.

The notice must be in writing if the employer requests this.

The employee must also provide evidence, in the form of one or more documents from the adoption agency, containing:

  • the name and address of the adoption agency;
  • the name and address of the employee;
  • the date on which the child is expected to be placed for adoption or the date of the placement if it has already taken place; and
  • the date on which the employee was informed that the child would be placed with them for adoption.

The employee must also provide a declaration that they have chosen to receive statutory adoption pay, and not statutory paternity pay (adoption) in relation to the child.