British Association for Women in Policing 

Diversity Issues 

BAWP Responses to  Affirmative Action 

The Colour of Your Money - Provision of Goods & Services Guide.

Stonewall has published a simple guide to the legal implications of the new regulations covering sexual orientation, which is available here.

 Gender Equality stats for Europe

Are you looking for the newest comparable and reliable data on gender equality in all Member States and at the EU level? EIGE’ s database is the right source! It covers all the twelve areas of the Beijing Platform for Action. For full details go to their website

Approved Maternity Uniform

If you are vainly searching for appropriate maternity uniform, please see attached catalogue, and show it to your procurement officer. This is in use in several forces now.


Flexible fathers

Research conducted by Lancaster University Management School into the family and working lives of fathers who work flexibly, on behalf of 'Working Families' has shed some interesting light on the issue. The main findinge are :

  • Fathers working flexibly in the private sector have better physical and psychological health, are less stressed and more committed to their employer
  • Fathers working flexibly in the public sector are less troubled by their work-life balance and sense of overload but – probably due to current stresses and job insecurity in the sector – are less likely to report higher levels of wellbeing and commitment
  • Fathers whose partners work full-time report significantly higher levels of wellbeing and sense of purpose
  • Fathers who claim to do most of the housework are happier with their work-life balance
  • Fathers on a low income feel less stressed if they are able to work flexibly

For more information visit their website, .


Squaring the circle: Economy vs Equality

Some time ago, BAWP commissioned some research from Jennifer Brown and Sue Woolfenden into the implications of the gender balance of police officer establishment in forces by 2020. They were delayed by unforseen problems in getting the necessary data, and in that time much has changed economically. However, the report is now available, so please click for an abstract or for the whole document

Losing your flexible working?

According to some recent press reports, it is time to stop harping on about gender equality: the sex wars have ended. But in the current economic climate, it appears that pregnant women and new mothers still face discriminating employment practices. Others find that their hard won flexible working hours are withdrawn under the cover of “reorganisation”.

Working Families Chief Executive, Sarah Jackson, said:

“Our helpline team hears daily reports from pregnant women and women on maternity leave who have suffered poor treatment at work. Discrimination against women is common.

“Sadly, too many employers are using the recession as a cover for reneging on their family friendly policies and equality duties. As well as being short sighted, discrimination is illegal. Any woman who thinks they have been badly treated because they are pregnant or on maternity leave should call our free helpline on 0800 013 0313 for expert legal advice. Our legal advisers don’t just let women know their rights at work, but can help them fight discrimination when it occurs”


Risk Management of New & Expectant Mothers

Tom Gorman, an officer in Strathclyde Police, has done a dissertation for an MSc in Risk Management entitled "Management of New and Expectant Moters Within Strathclyde Police: Case Study". An abstract is available here and the full document is available to people within the police service from BAWP Secretary.

Transformational management

A Bedfordshire Inspector, Jaki Whittred, has undertaken some interesting research into management styles of senior women in policing for a Master's degree. Her dissertation is available here. If you need any more information, please contact

Maternity Action

Maternity Action is an organisation which works to end inequality and promote the health and well-being of all pregnant women, their partners and children. They began full time operations in 2009, and are currently working on a new project about pregnancy discrimination which aims to raise awareness amongst women and their advisors about women’s rights at work when they are pregnant. They have produced new detailed information sheets, and a poster advertising this information for display. For full details please visit their website

EHRC Reports

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a report -Trans Research Review EHR Commission Disability Strategy

The Equality and Human Rights Commission Disability Committee has published its strategic priorities, setting out how it will use its powers and responsibilities to tackle some of the major issues faced by disabled people. The strategy is working towards the Committee’s vision of creating a society where disabled people participate fully and contribute to society as equal citizens. The work plan tackles legislative developments, including how the Equality Bill will affect disabled people and how to put into practice the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. For more information on all issues covered by EHRC please visit their website, 


'Working Families' book for fathers.

Working Families has republished its best-selling "Daddy's Home" booklet.The guide focuses on how fathers can get a real balance between work and family life throughout their careers. Drawing on interviews with fathers from a wide variety of occupations, and including a unique life planner, "Daddy’s Home" provides an inspiring and practical guide for men who want to change their work and home balance. For more information please visit their web page.

'Working Families' report.

'Working Families' has recently released its latest publication 'Hours to Suit Part II' which contains 19 detailed case studies on senior public and voluntary managers who work reduced hours or flexibly. For more information, including how to order a copy, click here.

Women still face workplace inequality.

Women are still the victims of persistent gender inequality in the workplace, with very little change in their working conditions in Britain for almost two decades, according to a landmark report from Cambridge University. The report, 'Gender and working conditions in the European Union', said there is still segregation in the workplace while women are far less likely to earn high salaries than their male counterparts. It found that despite British female workers making up just under half of the workforce, fewer than one in six have senior management roles.

Women pushed towards the glass cliff.

Women are being 'parachuted' into precarious positions within companies where there is a high risk of failure, a report says. Professor Alex Haslam and Dr Michelle Ryan of the University of Exeter found that those women who do break through the 'glass ceiling' are more likely than men to find themselves on a 'glass cliff,' meaning their positions are risky or precarious. The 'glass cliff' research also showed that companies doing badly are more likely to appoint a woman to the board - but once performance picks up, other women are less likely to be made directors. 'It is a very interesting phenomenon, one that merits much more investigation because it's the next wave of subtle discrimination,' said Professor Haslam. 'I think it applies to any groups who are not part of that group that is part of making the decisions.' He said the phenomenon was not confined to any one profession or social group, but could be found across the business spectrum. There was evidence that women in the legal profession, for example, were often given the harder cases.

These folk were also speakers at the IAWP 2005 conference in Leeds, and at the 2007 Senior Women in Policing Conference. ESRC link for more information.

BAWP-sponsored research from Surrey University.

Surrey University carried out research in 2005 on behalf of BAWP into "The gendered nature of policing among uniformed operational police officers in England and Wales". The study looked at the expectations of the public and of police officers in respect of the gender of the person dealing with a particular task. The final report is available here, and our thanks go to David Blok and Professor Jennifer Brown for the work.

Playing with Numbers.

Playing with Numbers: a Discussion Paper on Positive Discrimination as a Means for Achieving Gender Equality in the Police Service in England and Wales has been produced by Professor Jennifer Brown and colleague at University of Surrey. For an extract please click here, and if you would like to see the whole document please contact the Secretary.

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