Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Carers

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th January 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps his Department has taken to support employees with caring responsibilities.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

​The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) Carers Charter sets out the FCO's policies that can help staff who have a caring responsibility balance their work and caring commitments. The FCO supports the Charity for Civil Servants' Carer's Passport initiative.

The FCO is supported in this area by the Diplomatic Staff Families Association Carers Network, which is a place where staff can share their experiences of reconciling work and care commitments; acts as a gateway to resources for carers; and disseminates information about caring.

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