Since its launch in 2017, Oscar Kilo has grown at a rapid rate. Every police force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, along with several other non Home Office forces and organisations, now subscribe to the site and have adopted the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework.
We continued to grow and just one year from our launch date, every Fire Service in the UK also signed up via the National Fire Chief’s Council.
As we continued to build Oscar Kilo, we worked with the Home Office, the College of Policing and the NPCC following the announcement of investment of £7.5 million (over three years) from the Police Transformation Fund to help provide enhanced welfare support for policing.
This programme, overseen by the College of Policing with support from the NPCC and Oscar Kilo, established the basis for a National Police Wellbeing Service launching in April 2019, and Oscar Kilo has become the home of this new service.
Oscar Kilo will continue to offer its services across all emergency services and will hosts the National Police Wellbeing Service under a brand new area of the website that is accessible to anyone with a .pnn email address.
What will the National Police Wellbeing Service do?
The National Police Wellbeing Service aims to provide support and guidance for all police forces to improve and build upon wellbeing within their organisation. Everything about it is sector specific and designed to meet the unique needs of policing.
We want every member of the police service to feel confident that their wellbeing is taken seriously and that they are properly supported by their organisation. In order to do that, we will make sure that every force has access to the best guidance and support to provide top class wellbeing support for everyone who works for them.
Our aim is to help every member of the police service to understand how to build personal resilience, to feel confident that they can speak up when things aren’t going well and to get the best personalised support possible when they do.
Through supporting forces with their wellbeing provision, we hope to help:
- Reduce stigma around seeking support or help
- Improve knowledge and understanding of help and support available
- Encourage people to support themselves and realise their own potential
- Improve personal resilience and self-help skills
- Improve morale and engagement – how people feel at work
- Improve and build on the police service reputation as a good employer and a great place to work.
As an organisation, your force has a responsibility to provide support for you and ensure that you have access to the support you need, when you need it. Oscar Kilo is here to help them do that.
We know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to wellbeing and that the word ‘wellbeing’ means different things to different people – that’s why we will be encouraging forces to seek out many different options (that are evidence based) to equip people with the knowledge to be able to choose what support suits them best as an individual.
We will do this by offering practical support for your force in eight key areas that we know are priorities. Under each of those areas, the service will offer materials, toolkits, training and guidance designed specifically to build knowledge and skills to provide really robust support for all officers and staff.
The eight areas in detail:
Who can log in?
If you’re interested in wellbeing in policing and you have .pnn email address, you can register. You don’t have to be a senior leader or a wellbeing lead – any member of the police service, no matter your rank or role, can login.
When you log in, you will be able to access to all of the toolkits, resources and training under the eight key areas above and find out more about how we as a national service are supporting your force.
Please note that we do not have a helpline or offer self help resources. If you have found us and are looking for individual support, or need to talk to someone, please contact your own force or visit our signposts page which will give you a number of options for support.