New approach to vulnerability for policing announced at conference

College awarded almost £2 million transform police service’s approach to vulnerability and pilot licence to practise

​The College has been awarded almost £2million to transform the police service's approach to vulnerability.

The announcement was made at our annual conference by Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP, who confirmed £1.9million will be allocated from the Police Transformation Fund to support the service in the area of vulnerability. 

This includes funding to pilot a licence to practise approach for child sexual abuse (CSA) investigators with specific roles, to improve the status of officers carrying out these challenging roles and demonstrate the police services' commitment to tackling CSA.

As well as protecting the public by ensuring high standards, a licence to practise also protects officers working in high risk roles because it ensures they have the most up to date skills and should only be moved into the role once they are accredited, in a similar way to those working in firearms and public order.

The introduction of a licence to practise approach for the highest risk activities is being consulted on by the College through national and regional events.

It will be trialled at a later date and could prevent officers and staff being asked to perform roles for which they have not received the appropriate learning and professional development.

College of Policing CEO, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said the funding will support officers and staff to do their job while the new guidance will focus on their own welfare.

"Vulnerability is a priority for everyone in policing and it is important that we protect the most vulnerable in society and the officers and staff carrying out this essential work," he said.

"To deliver the best service to the public we want our members who are overseeing cases involving vulnerability to benefit from an accredited qualification and undergo continuing professional development to keep their skills up to date and link learning directly to practice.

"As the professional body for the police, it is right that we support our members in situations where they may be vulnerable."

We also announced at the conference that new guidance will be coming out next year to support officers and staff carrying out roles which can cause psychological stress.

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