Programme for Women Officers and Staff

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Denise Nathan Consultancy has extensive experience of coaching clients from under represented groups in the police service particularly women officers and staff.

Through working with women at a number of levels in the police service over two decades we understand the many barriers to progression experienced by women.

In 2013 47% of our clients were female and they provided very positive feedback on the development opportunities and support they received. They have invariably stressed the value of receiving this support from a service external to the police service, feeling that this allows them to discuss the challenges they face more openly, before thinking through how they might address challenges and move forwards.

The key options we offer (as well as bespoke programmes) are as follows:-

Individual coaching for personal development and preparation for promotion and selection processes

Coaching provided by highly experienced coaches with an understanding of the challenges and dilemmas faced by women officers and staff. Clients are likely to include those women highlighted as having potential to progress to senior roles in the police service, officers and staff preparing for promotion or selection processes and those seeking specialist roles, some of which remain difficult for women to access. Our clients report improved confidence which has helped them to succeed at all levels.

Core skills coaching and workshops

Over many years of helping female police officers and staff, Denise Nathan Consultancy has identified key skills which enable clients to be highly effective in the workplace and substantially improve their chances of succeeding in selection processes. These core skills include:

  • information analysis including speed-reading
  • decision making in critical incidents
  • the ability to operate effectively at both strategic and tactical level
  • presentation skills including media interview training.

We offer coaching, workshops and written exercises which provide clients with development opportunities in each of these core skill areas followed by detailed feedback.

Advisory role on programmes

The police service has undoubtedly made considerable progress in improving opportunities for women officers and staff over the past two decades but barriers to progress remain evident. Our approach is informed and enriched by the experiences shared with us by our female clients, which equips us to fulfil an advisory role to forces wishing to enhance their offer to their women officers and staff.