New trauma resilience programme at Gwent
£150,000 from the 1in4 fund awarded to Gwent by the Police Dependants’ Trust.
Gwent Police has today been awarded a grant of £150,000 towards the cost of creating and piloting an innovative and bespoke trauma resilience programme aimed at frontline staff and supervisors.
The new initiative, which is based on three years of research, will see constables and sergeants in frontline policing roles given specialist training and support to deal with traumatic events. Beginning early next year, the two initiatives, resilience to traumatic incidents (ReTraIn) training for Constables, and management of trauma and support (ManTraS) training for Sergeants, have been specially developed to:
- Understand the impact trauma has on the individual
- Prepare them using guided imaginal exposure to incidents
- Support them with materials and resources that are useful in the real world
- Equip sergeants with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify trauma symptoms, provide ongoing informal support and make appropriate referrals.
The programme will also undergo a force-wide randomised control trial, the gold standard in research, so that the programme can be rigorously tested before being rolled out in other areas.
Speaking of the project, Police Dependants’ Trust CEO Gill Scott-Moore said, “Gwent brought an innovative project that ticked all the boxes the trustees were looking for. It shows real potential to improve the mental wellbeing of frontline officers and the panel were particularly impressed that it sought to tackle the key recommendations from the post-traumatic stress in frontline policing conference held in March this year.”
Progress reports will be provided in due-course.