Police Care UK provides assistance to serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their immediate families, who have suffered harm as a result of policing. It also aims to raise awareness of the harm policing can do to individuals, and provides assistance to forces to better understand, and reduce this harm. Formerly known as the Police Dependent’s Trust, the organisation relaunched as Police Care UK in March 2019.
Police Care UK is entirely independent, does not receive any state funding, but is funded by donations and fundraising activities. Communication with beneficiaries is entirely confidential, and it will not share any personal information with other organisations or police forces.
It offers a specialist programme of practical, emotional, and financial support, to help police colleagues recover and rebuild their lives, but also offers a range of services designed around reducing the impact of harm on those who have worked within policing for any length of time.
Assistance offered includes practical information and advice on debt, staying well at work, family matters, bereavement, and physical and mental wellbeing. It also offers emotional support through our Confidential Careline, counselling and psychotherapy, where clinically appropriate, and face to face support through Support Volunteers.
Police Care UK also provide services and funding to forces, such as Police Care Days, Wellbeing Grants and more recently training on reducing the impact of trauma.