Our sector-specific framework is a self-assessment tool that sets the wellbeing standard for the emergency services. It is only accessible for nominated individuals in each force.
If you are new to the BLWF, you can learn about it here. If you are already a BLWF owner for your organisation, we explain how to access and use the framework.
At the end of this page, you will also find supportive documents including planning templates, and the GAIN model.
Becoming a framework owner
To ensure that the completion of self-assessments is not duplicated within organisations, access to the online framework is available only to a named SPOC for an organisation.
They then ‘own’ the document for their organisation but they can easily assign others within their organisation to work with them on it.
- If your organisation is not yet using the framework but you think it should, please contact us with your name, role, and contact details and we’ll get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Using the framework
Each of the areas of the framework are split out into different sections so you work through each area separately.
Your progress will update as you work through it and will give you a percentage completion figure so you can quickly and easily see where you’re up to.
This means that you can work through it at your own pace and check back in as often as you like.
Once you have filled in your framework and uploaded any relevant evidence and comments, you will then be able to click a button to request an online peer review – if you wish – although this is not mandatory.
How to access the framework
We’ve written to every framework owner with more details about accessing and using the framework – but we’ve also detailed the process here.
If you are already a BLWF owner for your organisation, the content of the BLWF has not changed and we are working hard to migrate all existing information in your frameworks into the new website.
All registered BLWF owners / users will also have been migrated over to the new site with your assigned framework.
Your username will be the same, however, you will need to create a new password for your account when you login to the framework via the new website for the first time.
This is quick and easy to do – just click on the login button at the top of the homepage and enter your username, you will then be prompted to re-set your password.
You can then edit your profile and choose to add your name, organisation, and job title to your page.
You will then have access to your BLWF from the blue drop-down menu under ‘My Account’.
- If you have any queries about access to your BLWF account, do not hesitate to contact us.
More about the framework
The BLWF is a statement of intent, showing a commitment to health and wellbeing.
This version is the second iteration of the framework since its inception in 2017.
Organisations use this framework to audit and benchmark themselves against an independent set of standards, which have been tailored to meet the specialist needs of emergency services staff.
The BLWF will help to identify what an organisation already has in place and what gaps there may be in providing the best wellbeing provision it can for employees.
The aspects of the framework are based on widespread consultation with leading academics and professionals in the field, as well as practitioners at all levels.
The framework has always been intended as an up-to-date and ambitious guide for employers to self-assess against. This facilitates subsequent strategy and interventions that are based on evidence of need and improved outcomes.
Since the launch of the first edition of the BLWF and Oscar Kilo in 2017, the wellbeing landscape across policing has begun to see a positive shift.
We have seen an increase in investment into police welfare from the government, the introduction of the Common Goal for Police Wellbeing and the launch of the National Police Wellbeing Service (NPWS).
Over the past three years, we have also been able to learn from the information submitted by forces through the BLWF. This has provided us with a richer national picture of wellbeing provision. As a result, our understanding of the evidence base and ‘what works’ has deepened.
This has led to the publication of this version of the BLWF to ensure, in a spirit of continuous improvement, that it remains an up-to-date and relevant resource for organisations to use.
These planning templates are a companion guide to the BLWF and have been designed to assist organisations to consider both at a strategic and tactical level.
In both the strategic and tactical planning, it is key to determine the goals of the actions taken and whilst these maybe quantitative or qualitative in nature it is recognised that they need to be tailored to what will work for your organisation.
Therefore, when evidencing the framework, it is noted that some flexibility will be required in the interpretation of the elements, and it is anticipated that the use of these planning templates will assist organisations to provide plans which utilise the framework whilst enabling local delivery options.
Through the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation process organisations will be able to influence the overall wellbeing plan and maximise the impact and encourage long lasting changes and engagement in local areas.