CIRC 067: Birmingham University – Further Research

You may recall a couple of years ago Birmingham University asked for our members assistance in relation to a research project looking at officers' experiences of trauma. The University were grateful for your assistance and the findings were produced in the Prison Service Journal.

We have received a further request for your assistance to expand on this research and would like to know your access to support services and readiness to utilise these (when struggling) and, specifically, any obstacles to this, such as different beliefs, attitudes and values as well as prison culture.

The University would like to conduct on-line research as detailed below:

The role of different attitudes and values on help-seeking and perceptions of wellbeing support services in POA members.

The project aims to increase our understanding of the pressures POA members face day to day, and the impact this may have on their emotional wellbeing. In doing so, the project will explore some of the barriers that may exist to accessing appropriate support, including different attitudes and values. In turn, we hope to highlight ways in which support services can be more widely promoted, putting forward recommendations for how to confront the stigma attached to accessing professional support.

Participants will be UK POA members (male and female, including Band 2, 3, 4 and CMs) who will be asked to complete a selection of questionnaires through Qualtrics survey software. Further details will be given when accessing the survey through the link provided.

We are hoping to recruit at least 270 participants before the end of the summer if possible. The survey shouldn't take more than about 20 mins to complete in total.

Colleagues, please find the link below to access the survey and we would ask all POA members to take part.

Yours sincerely

Deputy General Secretary

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.