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West Mercia Police, Commended 2011, The Best for Mothers Award

Using a buddying system through their maternity network, West Mercia Police support mothers through pregnancy and return to work and beyond. Buddies are trained volunteers, who offer support and guidance on a range of issues around family issues. They can also offer help and support to partners if so required. The buddying scheme and Maternity Network are backed up by a comprehensive and well used intranet site where parents and parents to be can meet, exchange information and find out more about things like flexible working.