122229 - Northern Ireland Office: Carers (Answered)

Frank Field
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether her Department has a carer's policy for its employees; and what other steps her Department has taken to support employees with caring responsibilities.

Mr Shailesh Vara

The Northern Ireland Office has a range of support in place for carers through the Ministry of Justice, whose terms and conditions we follow, including dedicated Parent and Carer Support guidance outlining the support that is available. This includes a carer’s information pack and information about flexible working.

The Charity for Civil Servants also provides guidance and support to carers and we encourage the use of their Carer’s Passport, which is designed to help working civil servants balance their caring responsibilities more effectively with their work commitments.