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Carer's Leave


Carer’s Leave provides for the temporary absence from the college for an employee who wishes to give full-time care and attention to a person requiring it. Carer’s leave is available to all employees of the college who have completed one year’s continuous service in UCD. However, this is subject to meeting specific criteria as outlined in the college carer’s leave policy.    

Below you will find a brief summary of the steps you need to take to apply for carer's leave; the form required to make the application and a detailed policy outlining your entitlement.

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Applying for Carer's Leave

Step 1: You should apply at least six weeks in advance of the proposed commencement date of carer’s leave to the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs.


Step 2: At the same time as making the application to the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs, you should-



(a) Read the university Carer’s Leave Policy


(b) Inform your Head of School/Unit that you are applying for this leave.


(c) Complete the “Notification of Intention to take Carer’s Leave” form. This must be countersigned by your Head of School/Unit before forwarding it to HR Operations, UCD Human Resources, Roebuck Offices.


Step 3: You send a copy of the decision reached by the Deciding Officer (Dept of Family & Social Affairs) to enable UCD HR to process your carer’s leave application.


Note: You will not be entitled to take Carer’s Leave form the college until UCD HR receives a copy of this decision.


What happens next?


Step 1: On receipt of the decision from the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs,   UCD HR will send you the “Carer’s Leave Confirmation Form B” form for your signature.  This form will confirm inter alia the following information:-


  • The duration of the leave
  • Your carer’s leave dates
  • The date you are due to return to the college following carer’s leave


Step 2: Once you sign the “Confirmation Form B” return it to UCD HR and a copy of this form will be sent to you.

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Notification of Intention to take Carer’s Leave - Carer's Leave Form

Notification of return to work - Carer's Leave Return to Work Form

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Carers Leave Policy

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Ask HR

  • Am I entitled to take carer’s leave?
  • Can I take annual leave following carer’ leave?

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If you are unable to find the information you are looking for, please call 
the UCD HR Helpdesk on + 353 (01) 716  4900