Reverse Mentoring

Harnessing the experience of frontline staff.

What is Reverse Mentoring?

Traditional mentoring schemes involve a mentor who is more senior than the mentee, drawing on their seniority and experience to help facilitate a mentee's development.  Reverse Mentoring, as the name suggests, reverses these roles.  Frontline policing professionals are trained as mentors, and are matched with senior leaders who are the mentees.  Reverse mentoring schemes are set-up by individual police services or on a collaborative/regional basis to address a specific organisation development need.  

What are the benefits of reverse mentoring to senior leaders?

  • Increased senior leader visibility and engagement
  • A better appreciation of the issues affecting under-represented groups in policing
  • Opportunity to demonstrably connect with the frontline to understand current issues


What are the benefits of reverse mentoring to frontline professionals?

  • Empowered to share the value of their experience and promote innovation through sharing that experience and their ideas
  • Can provide a new perspective to senior leaders on how their decisions affect the frontline
  • Able to make a tangible contribution to the creation of a diverse and inclusive police service

What resources are available?

Resources to enable forces to set-up and successfully manage Reverse Mentoring schemes include:

  • Organisation Guidelines including mentee briefing guidance, case study, and the evaluation outcomes of the reverse mentoring pilot
  • Mentor Training Pack including Trainer Guide with supporting PowerPoint and Handout Pack, and a Pre-Course Workbook for delegates.

The resources can be adapted to meet specific force/regional needs and priorities and are accessible by entering Reverse Mentoring to the search function on the MLE and College Learn here.

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