Developments in UK Police Wellbeing: A review of Blue Light Wellbeing Frameworks

REBECCA PHYTHIAN, Nathan Birdsall, Stuart Kirby, Emily Cooper, Zoe Posner, Laura Boulton

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Abstract

Policing demands are widely acknowledged to negatively impact on the physical and mental health of police officers and staff. Research has documented the need for greater insight into the stressors and trauma that impact police officers, with a current national drive towards enhancing the police wellbeing agenda: namely, Oscar Kilo and the National Wellbeing Service. To understand the current wellbeing strategies in place, 34 Blue Light Wellbeing Frameworks were analysed. A mixed methods approach was adopted: quantitative data was descriptively examined, with thematic analyses employed to explore the qualitative data. Findings from the review highlight developments in police wellbeing, as well as areas for future development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-49
JournalThe Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles
Volume95
Issue number1
Early online date2 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Blue Light Wellbeing
  • wellbeing
  • UK police

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