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Improving Recognition and Response to Vulnerability: An Evaluation of a Police Change Programme

Erol, Rosie ORCID:, Harrop, Gillian and Gilchrist, Elizabeth (2017) Improving Recognition and Response to Vulnerability: An Evaluation of a Police Change Programme. In: 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: Challenging Crime and Crime Control in Contemporary Europe, 13-16 September 2017, Cardiff. (Unpublished)

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A key part of policing is recognising vulnerability, and providing an appropriate response; however there are variations in defining vulnerability and applying this in practice. To enhance the vision of a UK police force alliance to protect vulnerable people from harm, a change programme was implemented which included two one-day workshops which were delivered to officers, staff, and their supervisors, across the organisation. These were intended to promote a change in attitudes and behaviours, and increase participants’ confidence in recognising and responding to vulnerability.
The programme evaluation aimed to identify the perceived impact of the workshops in raising awareness and influencing confidence and behaviours of officers and staff, in relation to vulnerability and professional curiosity. A mixed methods approach was used, with a pre- and post-intervention questionnaire (n=97), followed up with semi-structured interviews with stakeholders (n=16).
The findings of the evaluation focus on changes in the participants’ understanding of vulnerability and professional curiosity as applied to their roles, and their levels of confidence in responding to different and complex vulnerabilities. Participants identified situations where they felt less confident about providing an appropriate response. Small changes in practice following the workshops were identified, along with potential organisational barriers to change.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: policing, vulnerability, crime, crime control
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
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Depositing User: Rosie Erol
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 08:53
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2020 04:00

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