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Support for forces

The Learning, Review and Peer Support team provides free of charge Peer Review, Peer Support (PRPS) and Debrief to police forces.

Our experienced, qualified Review Officers are supported by a cadre of national SIOs with lived experience of child protection and investigation. The team is able to draw upon subject matter experts including victim and survivor advocates, psychologists advising on trauma informed practices, specialist communications and media experts and national disclosure and interview leads. This is a supportive process for investigators and police staff of all levels to enhance investigations.  

The service can be adapted to suit the needs of anyone who will benefit from working with us. 

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    Peer Support

    A more informal process, not requiring an approved Terms of Reference. Officers and police staff can access support to discuss, benchmark and compare various elements of an investigation against national best practice.

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    Peer Review

    This is a formal process working to a set Terms of Reference, agreed with the commissioning force. At the conclusion of the review, a summary report is submitted to the force with any recommendations.  

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    Sessions identify learning and promising practice to be applied within force. Formal recommendations are not provided.  

The Hydrant Programme cadre of experts have carried out both an initial and follow-up peer support session for Operation Lydstep. The sessions, final report and recommendations have proved to be invaluable with regards to progressing elements of the investigation in areas not otherwise considered.

A quick call was all it took to access informal support from the Hydrant team. It didn’t matter that I’m not a senior officer, we talked about my investigation, and it really helped
West Mercia Police

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

  • Would you like to know how the Hydrant Programme can support teams in your force?  
  • Are you interested in hearing about best practice from complex CSAE investigations across the country?  
  • Do you know about the range of resources available to officers and police staff at the click of a button and free of charge?  

Download our Learning offer booklet

You and your team could benefit from a no cost CPD input from the Hydrant Programme review team! The programme’s free of charge CPD sessions will increase the knowledge and awareness of attendees around the services provided by Hydrant. The team will also give an overview of national CSAE investigative good practice and talk through current developments in policy and procedures.  

The significant learning derived from the national Peer Review and Peer Support service is shared and discussed, and as part of the input, we run an interactive case study around CSAE, presenting investigators with scenarios and challenges which need to be considered as part of an investigation.