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.
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
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.