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We're reducing the impact of harm on police and families

Police Care UK makes sure both serving and former police colleagues who suffer harm, and their families, have someone to turn to when things get tough.

OUR VISION

The welfare needs of the police family are upheld and members are supported to achieve their full potential.

OUR MISSION

To reduce the impact of harm on police and their families.

OUR VALUES

Caring

Our approach is one built around understanding the difficult environment in which the police operate in. We demonstrate empathy, respect, and understanding in everything we do.

Independent

We effectively support the service whilst being outside it. This means we can wholeheartedly champion the needs of our beneficiaries free from conflicts of interest.

Open

We share our expertise, experience, and resources with others because we understand that collaboration is the only way we can help improve the lives of our beneficiaries.

Responsible

We use our resources wisely to best support our beneficiaries both now and in the future while upholding the highest ethical and professional standards possible.

Innovative

We constantly seek new ways to improve our working practices, support programmes, and welfare options to better support our beneficiaries.

EVERYONE IS AWARE OF THE HARM POLICE CAN EXPERIENCE AS PART OF THEIR ROLE

We believe everyone should understand the dangers police face every day, and how the harm they suffer can affect both them and their families. Through improving awareness, we help develop appropriate services to support them, and reduce the stigma of physical and psychological injuries so that people can get the care they need with dignity.

To achieve, this we will:

Research and share learning on harm and the ways to prevent or reduce its impact

Conduct robust research enabling us to reliably and credibly talk about the different types of harm and how they affect people.

Deliver conferences and events that allow us to have better conversations about the challenges faced by the people we help.

Confirm that the needs of the people we help are being met and identify gaps through regular surveys.

Understand what impact harm suffered by serving and former colleagues has on their families and support networks, including children.

Advocate for the wellbeing of police colleagues

Better advocate for those we care for by highlighting different types of needs or wellbeing issues.

Engage with police forces, and other organisations, to demonstrate our research, highlight best practice, and share learning.

POLICE AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN RECOVER AND REBUILD THEIR LIVES

We believe that police and families should always have someone to turn to that understands their situation and can respond effectively to their needs. By providing a specialist and confidential programme of practical, emotional, and financial support, we help more people effectively recover and rebuild their lives.

To achieve this, we will:

Provide ways for people to recover and rebuild their lives

Offer specific solutions that help people recover and rebuild, such as grants to adapt their home or get much-needed mobility equipment.

Provide information, advice, and guidance to ensure those who have suffered harm have access to the tools they need to help them recover and rebuild.

Provide grants for police and their families in hardship, reducing the risk of poverty due to harm resulting from their policing role.

Support police colleagues who have suffered harm to change career or start a new business.

Introduce a peer support programme to provide emotional support for people leaving the service.

Provide a confidential careline offering telephone advice on everyday issues such as debt, family matters, bereavement, and counselling or psychotherapy when clinically appropriate.

Work with police forces to ensure serving colleagues going through a mental health crisis get access to the best support and care in a safe environment.

Offer tools and techniques to help people cope with their job and reduce the risk of suffering from post-traumatic stress, including a programme to support team recovery after a serious incident.

Identify and investigate new and innovative projects that demonstrably reduce the impact of harm on police and families.

Help for families and support networks of harmed colleagues

Improve life opportunities of children by providing educational bursaries.

Improve the quality of life for families dealing with the effects of harm, through access to respite care.

Provide access to our confidential careline to families, including counselling when clinically appropriate.

 

Connect with people who’ve been harmed because of their policing role

Reach out to those who have been injured on duty, and their families, encouraging them to apply for and use our services.

Use print and digital channels to highlight the work we do, who is eligible, and how to access our services.

Recruit volunteers who can visit the people we care for and ensure a consistent level of quality and access to services across the UK.

POLICE FORCES AND AGENCIES DO ALL THEY CAN TO REDUCE HARM

We believe that caring for their people is the duty of every police organisation. Our role is to complement this care, and help identify gaps through targeted services, projects, and programmes.

To achieve this, we will:

Engage with police forces and organisations across the UK, such as staff associations, charities, and statutory agencies

Recruit volunteers throughout the UK, who will be our local voice.

Attend national and local events, conferences, and forums.

Secure commitments to the Police Care Pledge – a campaign to reduce the impact of harm on police and families.

Empower police forces, groups, and associations to reduce the impact of harm through a combination of funded initiatives and information resources.

Enable police forces, agencies, and charities to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we care for through a combination of funded initiatives and information resources.

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