Deloitte has announced it is doubling paid leave from two to four weeks for any of the firm\u2019s non-birthing parents.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nCommonly known as \u2018paternity leave\u2019, Deloitte said it recognises the \u201cpositive\u201d impact this leave has on the emotional and physical wellbeing of both children and parents, and added the change in policy further reinforces a \u201cculture of supporting working parents\u201d.\r\n\r\nThe new parenting policy will commence on 1 October 2019 for all Deloitte employees with 26 weeks or more continuous service with Deloitte.\r\n\r\nAny father, same sex spouse or partner, civil partner or adopter will be encouraged to take the additional leave. The leave can be taken in two blocks, one within the first 56 days of the birth and a second block anytime within the baby\u2019s first year.\r\n\r\nDimple Agarwal, managing partner for people and purpose, said: \u201cWe\u2019ve listened to feedback and understand that an increasing number of non-birthing parents want the opportunity to be able to play a more active parenting role \u2013 both in those first weeks and longer term.\r\n\r\n"However, take-up numbers for this leave are disappointingly low and we are very keen to change this. Our recent research with DaddiLife, the UK's leading platform and community for millennial dads, surveyed more than 2,000 working fathers between the ages of 24 and 40. We found that more dads than ever (58%) are now actively involved in day-to-day parenting. But their employers don\u2019t always make it easy for them.\u201d\r\n\r\nHe added: \u201cThis promise to our Deloitte families is all part of our commitment to inclusion, where we are creating an environment of respect, dignity and belonging for all. What\u2019s more, we\u2019ve increased flexibility as to when and how this leave can be taken as we recognise that when it comes to family commitments, one size doesn\u2019t fit all."