Academic team: Dr Emma Williams, Richard Harding, Dr Nicky Miller, Dr Arun Sondhi, Dr Linda Maguire, Jennifer Norman, Rachel Ward
Policing partners: Avon and Somerset Police, West Midlands Police, Metropolitan Police Service, Durham Police and South Wales Police
Operation Soteria Bluestone forms the policing, operational arm of a wider project reviewing rape across the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The research will mirror the methodology of Project Bluestone with four new forces on board - the Metropolitan Police Service, Durham Police, West Midlands Police and South Wales Police.
The project brings together leading academics from across the UK to work alongside police officers and seeks to improve the investigation and response to rape and serious sexual assault. The research is split into six workstreams all looking at different aspects of the investigative process:
The CPRL research team, headed by the Lead Investigator Dr Emma Williams, are working on the learning and development and wellbeing workstream and will seek to explore the relationship between the training delivered in the four forces for those involved in RASSO investigations, their developmental requirements and how these are identified, learning experiences and officer wellbeing.
|Title||Outputs type||Lead academic||Year|
|Operation Soteria Year One Report||Final report||Stanko, B||2022|
|Critical reflection: The importance of case reviews and reflective practice in rape and serious sexual offences investigations||Article||Norman, J||2022|
|Linking professionalism, learning and wellbeing in the context of rape investigation: Early findings from project Bluestone||Article||Williams, E||2022|
|Stress-related psychosocial risk factors among police officers working on rape and serious sexual offences||Article||Maguire, L||2022|
|Pillar 4: Embedding learning and development and officer wellbeing in rape and serious sexual offence investigations - June 2022||Presentation||Williams, E||2022|
|Operation Soteria Bluestone: Reflections on a deep dive into RASSO investigators' wellbeing||Presentation||Ward, R and Maguire, L||2022|
|Pillar 4: Embedding learning and development and officer wellbeing in rape and serious sexual offence investigations - March 2022||Presentation||Williams, E||2022|
|Organisationally induced trauma among rape and other serious sexual offence investigators; early insghts from Soteria-Bluestone||Article||Harding, R||2022|