New online wellbeing course for assaulted officers now available
A new online course covering a wide range of wellbeing topics has been developed for police officers and South Wales Police Federation members are being urged to sign up.
The course has been produced by training specialists Me Learning for the National Police Wellbeing Service, Oscar Kilo (OK).
It supports the highly-acclaimed Operation Hampshire programme and provides tools and techniques to help officers and staff to manage their wellbeing following assaults.
South Wales Police Federation chair Steve Treharne said: “Officer welfare is at the heart of everything we do so we would encourage our members to take part in this training.
“Officers who are subjected to violence have a lot to come to terms with and this training will hopefully give them techniques on how to deal with the aftermath of an attack.
“We utterly condemn anyone who attacks a police officer but unfortunately it is far too common an occurrence and we want our members to be in the best possible position to deal with the fall-out should it happen to them.”
The course is available online to anyone working in policing in England and Wales via College Learn, the College of Policing’s online training portal.
It covers stress and trauma, fatigue risk management, occupational health, and the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework.
The tutorials have been designed to encourage greater awareness of wellbeing, highlight ways to spot signs of stress and trauma and provide practical help and guidance through effective signposting to support services.
Shirley Berry from Me Learning said: “We work with lots of police services and so understand how operational demands, the current scale and pace of change and greater use of technology in policing, combined with the increased pressures of day-to-day life, can all have a profound effect on how well individuals manage their own wellbeing.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to work with the National Police Wellbeing Service on this exciting project which we feel will make a tangible and significant difference to the health and wellbeing of all those working in policing.”
Service Director for the National Police Wellbeing Service, Andy Rhodes said; “The courses that we’re making available draw on the latest research into police mental health and wellbeing combined with the findings of our annual workforce survey which influences where we focus our efforts.
“Because Oscar Kilo supports a system of over 200,000 people, we are determined to make our training and guidance as accessible as possible using experts with a proven track record.”