I recently started a new role as a software developer in England. For over the weekend, I was given the usual start-of-job questions to answer from HR, such as bank details, emergency contacts etc. There was one question however that I've never been asked before in this situation; it was 'how many children do you have and what are their ages?'.
The company will sometimes send those more senior than me to other countries, potentially for up to months at a time, but I was assured that someone in my role would never be asked to do that. My thoughts were that if I had people at home who depended on me, I would likely protest at being sent away for so long, though this would not apply to me. I do however, have an older relative in my part-time care. This was brought up at the interview and I was assured by my now-manager that it would not be an issue (this time is spent outside of normal work hours).
My questions are; why might a company need to have information about an employee's children, and is it worth mentioning / reminding the company that I have a dependant, just not a child?