Embassy Induction eForum
An essential virtual introduction to diplomacy and life in London for newly-arrived diplomats and their families
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Embassy Induction programme will be delivered online, but will offer the same valuable content that has been developed over the years in close cooperation with the FCO and other key Government departments, the Marshal’s Office, the Dean, London’s diplomatic associations and in consultation with the diplomats themselves.
This year the programme will also update diplomats on specific covid measures in place in the UK that may affect their work and family life.
The event is free and open to all diplomats and staff of all ranks and in all fields. Because it is being delivered digitally, diplomats can tune in from anywhere in the world. The must-attend programme is especially useful for diplomats who have been in post for less than a year.
The virtual induction sessions will be divided into four series:
Living in London – this series will help newcomers with all the practicalities of moving to a new post – from accommodation, schooling and healthcare, to transport, personal finance and culture, travel and hobbies. The series also includes a must-attend personal safety briefing from Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection (the specialist police force assigned to protect the diplomatic community).
Introduction to Diplomacy – this series includes a an essential guide to diplomacy from the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, HM Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps and an overview of your privileges and immunities from the Foreign Office Protocol Directorate. You will also receive an introduction to London’s many excellent diplomatic associations and think tanks.
Diplomatic Portfolios – this is a series of specialist workshops offering diplomats the chance to meet essential government contacts in their field and to network with colleagues from other missions doing the same job. These include:
- consular/home affairs
- Press/Public Diplomacy
Programme for Spouses and Partners – this series aims to help diplomatic families adjust to life in London and to meet new friends. It will include a welcome from the Doyenne of the Diplomatic Corps, as well as an introduction to the Diplomatic Spouse Club of London and the FCO’s Diplomatic Service Families Association. There will also be sessions on working, volunteering and studying in the UK; schooling and childcare options for diplomatic children; and a virtual tour of London’s favourite diplomatic neighbourhoods.
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