The College of Policing has now released, for public consultation, draft guidance on policing and mental health – known as Approved Professional Practice. We have been working on this for the last year or so —
WE NOW NEED YOUR VIEWS!
These materials are now open for your scrutiny and feedback and will remain so until the end of 2015. During early 2016, we will synthesize all of your opinions and observations into a final product and it will be published by the end of the first quarter.
Two important hyperlinks for you –
- A press release from the College of Policing, announcing the consultation.
- Download the draft guidance.
This second link takes you to the College APP website and you’ll see four separate hyperlinks in orange on the left-hand side of the page. Each of these links is to one of four individual ‘chapters’ of guidance that cover the main topics across policing and mental health.
From my own professional point of view, the challenge in producing guidance is how to achieve brevity and simplicity in a topic area that is massive and full of complexity. You may take the view that we haven’t struck this balance and for what it’s worth, we’ve debated it at length and are still uncertain as to we’ve judged it perfectly! Whether you think this is too much or too little, you need to let us know and be specific: then we can work hard to get this right after the consultation ends.
But for now: it’s over to you and please feel entitled to push this around your personal and professional networks, as you see fit.
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