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Peer support for wellbeing

Our peer support training programme provides forces with all they need to be able to implement a robust and fully functioning peer support network.

Our aim is to create a consistent, national approach to peer support and a national network of trained peer supporters.

More about peer support

Our peer support model is based on comprehensive international research from Canada, Australia and America and was developed with 14 Home Office forces from England and Wales who worked with us on its design.  

It is a robust and evidence-based peer support model and is now available to forces in the form of train the trainer workshops, materials, tools and guidance to help them implement the model locally.

All police forces are eligible to become a national police wellbeing service (NPWS) peer support force, provided they adhere to the recruitment and selection criteria of the agreed model, together with the implementation of specified training as a minimum. 

How it works

To enable the model to function effectively each force needs to provide a dedicated peer support coordinator (or equivalent) and to ensure that all peer supporters are afforded the correct level of support whether that be clinical or supervision. 

We provide a wellbeing coordinators course which is detailed below and the expectation is that the people who attend the training and receive the implementation pack will deliver the peer support model in their force with support from the NPWS team. 

The training

Our training is delivered either online or face to face by NPWS normally to peer support coordinators (or equivalent) and a clinician in each force for onward delivery to all peer supporters in force.

The peer support training programme will provide a force with everything they need to implement a peer support network including:

  • recruitment and selection process material
  • training materials to deliver a two-day peer supporter training course
  • a business case document for peer support and supporting presentation
  • internal communication messages and promotional material

The benefits

This service aims to improve the quality and consistency of peer support nationally specifically to improve the wellbeing of staff.

A trained and supported peer support network will build on services already available through current occupational health and wellbeing initiatives. 

Access and support

To access this course you must initially contact us to discuss the course and the implementation of a peer support network in your force. Once we have approved you, you can access the course online via this page using the button below.

Access the course here

After the training, ongoing support is available from our team which can be either conducted on line or face to face at a time to suit you.


Police Superintendents' Association

Police Superintendents' Association peer support

This course has been specifically designed with the Police Superintendents' Association (PSA) for its members and has been tailored to focus on specific issues and to build a network of peer supporters within the PSA.

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Chief officer peer support training

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In August 2022 we have introduced a brand new peer support course for CPOSA, Chief Police Officers Staff Association, and will be running numerous courses during the coming months.

All chief officers are being encouraged to access this training, to provide support to others through shared experiences, as CPOSA introduce a peer support network for senior leaders,  Anyone who is interested please contact CPOSA direct.