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Peer support training launched for superintendents

Superintendents and chief superintendents now have the opportunity to train in specialist skills to support their peers through a new training initiative.
The Police Superintendents’ Association has worked with Oscar Kilo, the Police National Wellbeing Service and the College of Policing to launch a new training opportunity for its members.
The newly developed Peer Support Training equips superintendents with skills to provide help and guidance on a range of issues to others within their rank, acting as a critical friend to colleagues needing independent support. The training also supports self-development.
The training has been developed as part of the association’s commitment to supporting the wellbeing of members, who are the most senior operational leaders in the Service.
PSA President Paul Griffiths explains, “The welfare and wellbeing of our members is a core priority for us as an association, and this training provides another means by which we can equip our members with the skills they need to support themselves and their peers.
"As senior leaders, there are times when all of us could benefit from a ‘listening ear’ or a ‘third party perspective’ on the issues we face at work. As we continue to manage the challenges of the pandemic, alongside a growing rate of ‘pre-Covid’ demand, this has never been more important. These training courses offer the framework for us to be able to provide that supportive influence.
 “I hope this is of interest to our members and look forward to hearing their feedback on this unique, engaging opportunity to give something back to colleagues.”

Jo Noakes, the College of Policing’s Director of Workforce Development, said: “We are delighted to have helped introduce this new training opportunity which will equip senior policing leaders with additional skills and knowledge so they can best support their peers and continue their own professional development.
“The last year has been particularly challenging for all of us and policing is no different, which is why it is more important than ever that officers and staff know that they can look to their colleagues for support and guidance.
“We hope superintendents and chief superintendents across England and Wales take advantage of this training opportunity and we will continue to find innovative ways to support the wellbeing and professional development of everyone in policing.”
Half-day training courses are now available to book .  Superintendents and chief superintendents can secure a place by emailing [email protected]