As an organisation UKROEd treats adherence to the Equality Act 2010 as a priority in how we ask our providers to deliver to the public on behalf of the UK Police Service.
UKROEd has robust guidance on this subject which has been compiled by specialist equality lawyers.
UKROEd also consulted paediatric, maternity and HR professionals before completing our guidance.
All Course Providers must provide breastfeeding facilities.
However, it is important to acknowledge that the nursing mother will be one of up to 24 people participating in the class.
Any arrangements must also take into consideration how to best accommodate a request for breastfeeding in the interests of everyone on the course.
A private facility will be provided by request. This should be arranged on a one-to-one basis prior to the course/when booking so that arrangements can be put in place by the Provider.
In addition, a support person (e.g. partner, carer, friend) may attend to look after the baby whilst the mother is in the classroom.
The support person will not be allowed into the training room.
We recognise that each case may be different. The Provider should ask beforehand whether or not the participant has any special needs and they will do everything to ensure a mother will have the opportunity to breastfeed their baby.
It is also important to point out that all the course content has to be covered by every offender to complete the course.
If a nursing mother absents herself from any part of the course for the purposes of breastfeeding without permission it could constitute a failure to complete the course and may lead to the offence being placed back into the criminal justice process.
The NDORS scheme allows motorists who have committed a minor offence to have education with the aim of improving the driver or rider’s knowledge and behaviour whilst on the road.
A motorist has no automatic right to a course irrespective of how minor the offence is. The course offer is at the discretion of the police. The offer is made as an alternative to prosecution and the nature of the offer is explained within the terms and conditions which are provided before course attendance.
If not, consider contacting us.