Support for Women in Policing

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1969
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Research from the British Association for Women in Policing highlighted that more needs to be done to support women on maternity leave. What measures have the Metropolitan Police Service taken to ensure that it's female staff are offered appropriate maternity support?

Answer

Answer for Support for Women in Policing

Answer for Support for Women in Policing

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS provides maternity entitlements for police officers in accordance with the Police Regulations. Police staff who meet qualifying criteria receive 30 weeks of leave at full pay.

Support and advice for line managers and women is provided on the intranet, including FAQs and toolkits.  There is a 24/7 HR helpline where women on maternity leave can raise queries or seek advice.

The MPS provides a range of family friendly leave initiatives at statutory or in some cases occupational rates. Women may also defer their return with a career break of up to 5 years.  Parents are also able to access salary sacrifice childcare vouchers.