Custody Placement Project

Posted on Wednesday 14th December 2011

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The University of Birmingham Social Work Programmes have entered a partnership agreement with the West Midlands Police, regarding a new initiative called the 'Custody Placement Project'. This initiative aims to provide an opportunity for approximately 16 final year students from both the MA and BA Social Work Programmes, to gain valuable experience with West Midlands Police as custody volunteers, undertaking Level 3 and 4 constant watches of people in custody. This will primarily involve talking to prisoners and helping to identify and prevent self-harm, suicide or becoming unwell.

The Custody Placement Project came about following discussions between Sergeant Andy Tanner of West Midlands Police and Gary Hickman, Director of the Social Work programmes at the University of Birmingham. Eighteen social work students have already expressed an interest in the project.

Gary Hickman commented that he "firmly believes that student participation in this initiative will enhance their employability and demonstrate their commitment to multi-agency working and their resilience to working with hostility. This is a totally new development and many police services across the country are looking with interest at this project."

If you would like further information about the Custody Placement Project, please contact:

Gary Hickman
Director of Social Work Programmes
Tel: +44(0)121 414 2284
Email: g.j.hickman@bham.ac.uk