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Team Recovery Weekends

From time to time, the police service has to respond to some extraordinary and particularly challenging incidents. To help teams recover from some of the most difficult incidents, Police Care UK can offer teams the chance to book on Recovery Weekends at the Police Treatment Centre, that allow teams to take time out together to focus on their wellbeing.

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What is a Police Care Recovery Weekend?

Essentially it is just that, a weekend for police to take the much-needed time to process what has happened, support each other as a team, and focus on their wellbeing together. The weekend had been tailored to include a complementary therapy and will be guided by Police Care UK staff and volunteers.

How do I apply?

This funding is specifically for team who have had to deal with a particular extraordinary and/or challenging incident or event.

If you are interested in attending a Police Care UK Recovery Weekend please complete the enquiry form below.  We'll send you an application form to complete, providing some information on the incident, attendee information and an explanation of why you feel your team would benefit from a Recovery Weekend. You’ll need the application to be signed off by a senior officer (Supt or higher) as your force will need to make arrangements for abstractions.

If your application is approved by our panel, you will be invited to book your team into one of our Police Care UK Recovery Weekends.

You’ll need to make sure your team commit to measuring the impact of the day by completing a pre and post survey for us to measure the impact these weekends are having.

Frequently asked questions

What weekends are available?

Police Care UK Recovery Weekends are held every month, once a month in from February to November (December and January are not available).

Generally held on the first weekend of the month, with June being the exception in 2022 due to the Jubilee celebrations and bank holiday weekend. Our Recovery Weekends are Friday to Sunday.

Who can attend a Recovery Weekend?

Anyone can attend a Police Care UK Recovery Weekend. This include all UK police employees whether officer, staff and volunteers. You do not have to be a subscriber to the Police Treatment Centre's to attend the weekend.

How many people can go on the weekend?

Our weekends are tailored for teams of 8-10 people.

Whilst many people can be involved in an incident, this weekend is designed to support the main people affected in the response.

What is the application process?

If you are interested in attending a Police Care UK Recovery Weekend please complete the enquiry form below.  Once we receive this we will do an initial assessment and send over an application form. You will be required to complete the form, providing some information on the incident, attendee information and an explanation of why you feel your team would benefit from a Recovery Weekend. You’ll need the application to be signed off by a senior officer (Supt or higher) as your force will need to make arrangements for abstractions.

If your application is approved by our panel, you will be invited to book your team into one of our Police Care UK Recovery Weekends.

How long does the application process take?

We aim to review all applications and provide confirmation within four weeks. We expect teams to book on to a weekend within three months of approval

Why are these weekends only available at Police Treatment Centre's?

Police Care UK and the Police Treatment Centre's are working together to improve the health and wellbeing of Police officers, staff and volunteers who are harmed because of their policing role. Whilst you are welcome to state a preference on location, your weekend could be allocated to either of these locations on the basis of availability.

How much does it cost?

Police Care UK provide the funding for the weekend at The Police Treatment Centre's. This includes your accommodation, food and refreshments, a complementary therapy of your choice (which must be pre-booked) and any additional facilities available at the centre*

Your force is required to cover all travel expenses for any members attending a Recovery Weekend and any expenses incurred outside prior to, or post check in/out.

*Please be advised that some facilities may be reduced at weekends.

 

Do I need to be a subscriber to The Police Treatment Centre's?

No, you do not need to be a subscriber to The Police Treatment Centre's to attend a Police Care UK Recovery Weekend.

Is alcohol available on site?

The Police Treatment Centre's are dry sites. This means there is no alcohol available. You are able to leave the site, should you wish to eat out (at your own expense) or socialise away from the site, however we do wish to highlight that these weekends are designed to support recovery and processing trauma.

What is defined as a particular extraordinary and/or challenging incident or event?

Police Care UK Recovery Weekends are for teams that have responded to an incident that is above and beyond 'normal' for that team or department.

Incidents may include:

  • Acts of terrorism,
  • Incidents involving a colleague
  • High profile cases and/or significant media interest
  • Particularly traumatic cases

If you are not sure, please do get in touch with our team on 0300 012 0030 or email claire.craigie@policecare.org.uk and we would be happy to have a chat with you.

Who to contact

For more information, please contact the organisational welfare team:

  • by email to our Development and Impact Manager - Claire.Craigie@policecare.org.uk
  • by calling 0300 012 0030 (lines open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
  • by writing to: Police Care UK Recovery Weekends, Police Care UK, Nova Scotia House, 70 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6LQ
  • by completing this enquiry form

Make an enquiry

Just fill out this form and we'll get in touch.
Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 012 0030 (lines open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

Police Care Recovery Day - Story

Essex Police 2019

The officers involved in this incident in 2019 had all been deployed as Family Liaison Officers (FLO's) in the operation, which concerned the manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese nationals who were found in the back of a lorry on 23rd October 2019.

The officer’s role involved close contact with all 39 families and undertaking roles, such as body viewing, assisting repatriation, providing them with updates around the investigation and organisation of a memorial event.

Due to the scale of this incident, the FLO’s were deployed to far more families at once than would normally occur and the emotional involvement with each family was significant.

Altogether 16 FLO’s were able to benefit from Police Care’s funding of over £3,000 for a Police Care UK Recovery Weekend. During this break they embarked upon group relaxation sessions, holistic therapies and further input from Essex’s welfare and counselling department.

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