Menopause survey reminder: Last chance to take part

Members of South Wales Police Federation are being reminded that tomorrow (Tuesday 28 November) is the last chance they have to take part in this year’s national menopause survey.

Branch chair Steve Treharne is urging members to contribute, as he says that feedback from the survey will help to ensure the correct support, procedures and processes are put in place in the future.

The ‘EveryonePause’ survey has been launched by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) following the first menopause survey they launched five years ago which was used to develop National Menopause Guidance across all forces.

“It is really important that as many members - both men and women - take part in the menopause survey. As we have seen in the past, these results will help to shape support that is put in place for those who need it,” said Steve.

Steve acknowledged that so much has already been done to ‘break down barriers’ and ‘stop the stigma around menopause’, but he says ‘there is still so much more to do’.

He added: “This survey will also help to raise awareness of menopause while encouraging members to have open, honest conversations if they, or somebody they know is being impacted by menopause.”

Honest conversation

National Federation women’s lead Hayley Aley, who is taking the lead with the survey, explained: “Across the Federation, women representatives have reported that there is improvement since the first survey findings and the progress forces have made to support officers and staff are welcomed. However, the picture varies from force to force and we now want to see what still needs to be done to support all at this difficult time in their lives.”

She added: “To support organisations in realising the scope and scale of issues around the menopause, we are asking officers, staff and line managers for their support with this survey. It’s not solely about personal experiences, we also want to understand the awareness of line managers and senior leaders around this subject and what training is in place. It is anticipated that the findings of the second survey will help with the education, standardisation, understanding and right support for all.

“Senior leaders have a responsibility for the welfare and wellbeing of their workforce, and to support individuals appropriately when they need it. The purpose of this survey is to give us the evidence we can provide to leaders to action what needs to change, to praise those that are getting it right, to share some good practice and to ensure forces provide the right support and guidance to all.”

The survey is a joint project being conducted by researchers at PFEW, UNISON, the Police Superintendents' Association, the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

Take part in the survey.