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The Wolf Was Not Sleeping

A special UK policing edition of a heart-warming bedtime story specially written by Avril McDonald to soothe the anxiety of children whose parents work as first responders and to help initiate emotional wellbeing conversations.

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The Wolf Was Not Sleeping

The Wolf was Not Sleeping is a heart-warming bedtime story specially written by Avril McDonald to soothe the anxiety of children whose parents work as first responders and to help initiate emotional wellbeing conversations.  This special UK police edition has been written and designed in collaboration with Police Care UK as part of our offer to support families of serving police personnel.

Police Care UK is a charity which supports members of the police family who have been harmed as a result of policing, including the children of officers and staff. We understand that some children of police families may feel anxious when their parents are at work and we want to help allay those concerns. The book also reinforces the pride felt by having a first responder in the family and helps strengthen the connections between our families and the teams we work with.

The story

Wolfgang’s dad works as a helper: when the wolves sound the alarm, he has to leave to help the other creatures in the forest. Each night Wolfgang worries about what might happen if his dad gets the call. His worries are so bad that they keep him awake, and he is falling asleep in the daytime instead!

Spider leaves a note for Big Dad Wolf to show him how worried Wolfgang is. Big Dad Wolf realises he needs to sit down with Wolfgang to reassure him, and tell him about what happens when he goes to help in the forest. Wolfgang learns that things aren’t always as bad as they seem.

There are lots of ways in which we can tell or show people how we are feeling – and if we can name a feeling, then we can tame a feeling. The Wolf Was Not Sleeping is a great bedtime read for young children whose parents work within UK policing.

How does this book make a difference?

In December 2021 we asked serving officers working within UK policing who had children aged between 3 years and 7 years whether they would participate in 2 short surveys in return for a free copy of The Wolf Was Not Sleeping book. We asked them some questions about their perceptions and experiences of children's worries or concerns about their parents or guardians working for the police service.

A follow up survey was sent in January 2022 to those who received the book, asking them what they thought of it, how it had been received by their young ones and what the potential impact might be.

83% said their children expressed worry or concern about them (or their partner) going to work as a police officer or police staff. 94% of the worries fell into the categories of

  • Dealing with bad people
  • Being hurt or injured
  • Being involved in dangerous situations

The book comes with a QR code to scan which gives the reader access to online tools and tips you can use to get the most out of the book and to encourage conversations with your child/children.

Want to know more about how this book helps children of police personnel?

We invited participants for a short research project consisting of 2 short surveys to be conducted before and after reading The Wolf Was Not Sleeping. You can read our short research report here and see the difference we make.

Read the survey results

"It's a lovely book that helps to initiate conversations with your children about how they feel when you put on that uniform and go to work. Even my 9yr old loved the book. My children particularly enjoyed meeting the team in the book."

" Myself and my son personally found that this book was great. I actually felt that the things that the book highlights to help ease your childs negative thoughts about the job, like telling them about your colleagues, is something that I currently do which really helps and makes them interested.

"I have used this book to coax questions out of my 5yo daughter as I don't think she fully understood what I do other than 'help people' and 'catch baddies' - this book has allowed her to ask more challenging questions and be more open about what worries her about my job"

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions that are not answered below please do get in touch with us and we'll be happy to help. You can find out how to get in touch with us here 

What is the book about?

The Wolf was Not Sleeping is a heart-warming bedtime story specially written by Avril McDonald to soothe the anxiety of children whose parents work as first responders and to help initiate emotional wellbeing conversations.  This special UK police edition has been written and designed in collaboration with Police Care UK as part of our offer to support families of serving police personnel.

Police Care UK is a charity which supports members of the police family who have been harmed as a result of policing, including the children of officers and staff. We understand that some children of police families may feel anxious when their parents are at work and we want to help allay those concerns. The book also reinforces the pride felt by having a first responder in the family and helps strengthen the connections between our families and the teams we work with.

How much is the book?

The book is £7.99 (plus delivery) and is available through our online shop. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go directly to supporting UK police and their families who are harmed through their policing role.

What age is the book for?

For our project we surveyed families who had children ages between 3-7 years old, however we know from other international studies with similar versions of this book that younger and older children can benefit from the theme and the story and we do recommend it for all age ranges as a helpful resource.

Feedback from those who took part in our surveys was that the book could be suitable for all ages of children. Many read the book to older children in the family also, some as old as 9 and 10, and said it was beneficial for them also.

 

Who wrote The Wolf Was Not Sleeping?

The Wolf Was Not Sleeping was written by Avril McDonald and is part of the Feel Brave book series.

Feel Brave creates content that helps children manage tough emotions and reach their creative potential.  It was founded by Avril McDonald who is the author of the award-winning, best-selling Feel Brave series of books which have been translated into seven different languages and are used and loved all over the world. 

The Wolf Was Not Sleeping is illustrated by Tatiana Minina.  Original prototype pilot characters were created by Åsa Pettersson.

Where can I buy the book?

The book is available to buy through our online shop.

What other resources does Police Care UK provide for the children police personnel??

Police Care UK provide practical, emotional and financial support to police officers, staff and volunteers, serving and retired, and their families, who have suffered harm as a result of their policing career.

You can find out more on our help pages or by contacting us on 0300 012 0030

How can I support Police Care UK?

Police Care UK rely on our supporters to help us continue the great work we do. We are very grateful for all donations received that go towards continuing our vital services supporting those harmed through their policing role.

If you would like to make a donation you can do so easily online via our donation pages. Why not become a Friend of Police Care UK by making a regular monthly donation to support us!

Perhaps you might like to take part in a challenge event supporting the charity, or why not do your own fundraising for us? We'd love to help you with whatever ideas you have!

How can I get the most out of the book?

If you purchase the book there is a handy QR code printed in the cover that you can scan to access tools and tips for how to get the most out of the book.

Alternatively you can access the page here .

 

Can police forces place a bulk order?

We are happy to process bulk orders for forces, with a minimum order amount of 25 books. Bulk orders for forces will have a 10% discount applied.

All bulk orders must be placed by emailing Shop@policecare.org.uk with your order details, including a PO number or a request for contact to take a card payment over the phone. One of our team will be in touch to confirm the order.

Postage is £8.50 per batch of 25 books. If you have any queries or questions about bulk orders please email Communications@policecare.org.uk.

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