New research to identify common signs of vulnerability

Frontline staff will be able to draw on the evidence base to help them identify and act on signs of vulnerability with new research being commissioned by the College.

​New research will identify the key signs of vulnerability to harm.

We are commissioning a piece of work that will map out markers and risk factors for vulnerability. This research will help us design the most effective training for police officers and staff.

Our national demand analysis last year revealed that while numbers of recorded crime had fallen, demand on police had not reduced in the same way. Instead, more police time is being spent on complex public protection investigations and incidents involving people with mental health problems.

A recent report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), examining how police forces identified and responded to vulnerability, said improvements were needed.

The aim of the new research is to produce a systematic map of existing high-quality research which can be used to identify signs that a person is already being victimised and risk factors that indicate potential vulnerability.

The College of Policing's lead for research, Nerys Thomas, said:

"Frontline officers and staff are in a vital position to spot signs of risk and take necessary action to protect the public.

"We want to provide access to the best possible knowledge to recognise and understand vulnerability so the most appropriate action can be taken to safeguard those at risk"

"This work forms part of our ongoing mission to build the evidence base in priority areas for policing."

If you are interested in bidding for this work the College will be asking for expressions of interest through the Crown Commercial Service e-portal.

More information on how to become a public sector supplier  or contact Fiona Mclean.

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