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Counselling Services

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what arrangements are made in her Department to allow staff to access counselling services. [111932]

DFID has in-house staff counsellors in both its HQ offices in London and East Kilbride, who provide a service to all UK based staff at home and overseas. Staff appointed in country in our regional offices overseas can also access the service by e-mail or telephone if they wish.We are currently in the process of organising an enhanced counselling service in the form of an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for all our staff in regional offices.The Department is committed to helping all its employees deal with their concerns both inside and outside the workplace.