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Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements her Department has in place to assist officials to overcome the effects of stress experienced in the workplace. (222181)

The Home Office is committed is committed to the well-being of its employees. It has a number of procedures in place to reduce stress at work. This provision includes an industry-standard Employee Assistance Programme which gives staff access to a professional advice and counselling service on any work-related or personal issues. We provide, on demand, critical incident de-briefing interventions for operational staff who have been involved in difficult or dangerous operational situations which may have caused either physical or emotional distress.