Police: Mental Health Services

Home Office written question – answered on 29th October 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to make ring-fenced funding for mental health support for police officers part of the Police Covenant.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

This Government could not be clearer about the value we place on the role of the police and the importance of prioritising officer and staff wellbeing.

We have set out a vision for a new Police Covenant in Police Protection Bill recognising the bravery and commitment of officers who work night and day to keep us safe. We plan to focus on physical protection for officers, their health and wellbeing and support for their families.

We are working with policing partners and other government departments to develop the detail of what will be covered by a Covenant. This will be followed by a public consultation.

We have also invested £7.5m in a new National Police Wellbeing Service (NPWS). The NPWS was launched in April 2019 and has developed evidence-based guidance, advice, tools and resources which can be accessed by forces, as well as individual officers and staff. These include resources to help forces better support officers and staff who are experiencing mental health problems.

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