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Police Federation receives special brain injury award

Fri 06 Dec 2019

The Police Federation of England and Wales has received a special award from the brain injury charity Headway to thank them for its vital support.

The Federation was awarded a Trustees’ Special Award, an accolade created to mark the 40th Anniversary of Headway – the brain injury association, at the event on Friday, 6 December

It received the special accolade for its support of the charity’s Justice Project. The project aims to raise awareness of brain injury within the criminal justice system, and ensure survivors are identified at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure they receive appropriate support.

A key aspect of the project is the Headway Brain injury Identity Card, which was launched by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales.

Andrew Green, Chairman of Headway, said he was delighted to present the award to the Federation and thanked it for its continued support.

He said: “The Police Federation of England and Wales has been a passionate and committed advocate of the Justice Project.

“Along with helping us raise awareness of the scheme, it has also invited Headway to speak at numerous important events and enabled us to target training to key staff throughout its network.

“We wanted to use our 40th anniversary to give special thanks to organisations who have joined us in making a difference to the lives of brain injury survivors, and without doubt the Federation have done so.”

Clive Knight, Custody lead for the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “I have much pleasure in accepting this award on behalf of the Federation and I thank the trustees for the nomination.

“The work undertaken by the Headway Justice Project is extremely important. It helps officers spot the signs of a brain injury, for example a brain injury survivor may behave in a certain manner which may be mistaken as intoxication. But If our members know what to look out for it can be a cue for them to check for a brain injury identity card so they can provide better, more appropriate, support and assistance.

“The Federation is proud to have played a small part in raising awareness of the initiative and we are delighted to learn of the many forces which have expressed an interest in this work.

“We look forward to continuing work with Headway to explore ways to further promote the project.”