Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (108)

Joan Burton


108. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department has prepared written guidelines for staff and the public in dealing with transgender matters; if they are published; if staff have received training in respect of this; if his Department is participating in or making a submission regarding the review being undertaken in respect of the operation of the Gender Recognition Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7574/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

DPER provides a welcoming and supportive environment to all employees and is committed to valuing all aspects of diversity and supporting an inclusive workforce as identified in our People@PER Strategy 2017 – 2020. Furthermore, the Department is committed to protecting dignity and respect across the organisation and our Dignity at Work Policy aims to promote respect, dignity, safety, and equality in the workplace.

My Department is also committed to reviewing and revising the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion policy – this is referenced in the Civil Service People Strategy and is action 18 under Building a Workforce of the Future. Work has commenced on this action and will continue during 2018.