The training included an overview of the effects of brain injury and the impact it can have. It also featured a section on Headway’s Brain Injury Identity Card.
Nev Kemp, Deputy Chief Constable for Surrey Police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s Lead for Custody, said: “We were delighted to have Headway – the brain injury association deliver training in understanding brain injury to our custody staff in Surrey Police. This will help custody staff identify and support brain injury survivors they come into contact with. As the NPCC lead for custody, I would encourage other police services around the country to participate in this training.”
Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway, said: “We would like to thank Surrey Police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council for the opportunity to raise awareness of brain injury, and our Brain injury ID card, directly with the staff that may come into contact with brain injury survivors.
“Brain injury is widely misunderstood in all facets of society and those working in the criminal justice system are certainly not alone in struggling to identify and appropriately support those affected.
“It is vital, however, that vulnerable adults living with the long-term effects of brain injury are identified at the earliest possible opportunity.
“Training such as this is a great way to help increase the chances of brain injury survivors receiving the correct support and we hope to deliver more training of this type to other forces across the UK.”