Lincolnshire Police launch their Baby Box initiative

We are proud to announce My First Baby Box will be the official supplier of baby boxes to the Lincolnshire Police.
In pursuit of their support for their officers and staff in making the best preparation for their new arrival, Lincolnshire Police will be presenting parents to be with a maternity package.
My First Baby Box are pleased and proud to have been selected as the supplier of these maternity packages to Lincolnshire Police.

Lincolnshire Police introduce baby boxes for all new parents

“Every child is equal and deserves an equal start in life.”

That is the philosophy that Lincolnshire Police is embracing in an initiative that celebrates new life and demonstrates the importance the organisation places on supporting families as they welcome a new addition.

The idea that every baby will receive an identical box, regardless of circumstance, has long been in place in Finland and was recently introduced in Scotland. The box contains some baby essentials such as baby grows and muslins, as well some personalised Lincolnshire Police items, but also provides a safe place for each baby to sleep should the parents choose to use this option.  

The Lincolnshire police baby box idea was born following feedback from a front line Officer who found that following the announcement of her pregnancy, the restricted duties she was placed on was inconsistent with some of her colleagues.   A small working group established that by educating and training all Supervisors and Line Managers we can ensure our staff still feel valued in their role whilst pregnant.    The force is now confident that when a member of police staff, officer or volunteer announces their good news, that managers will be positive about pregnancy.

DCI Suzanne DAVIES explained, “We needed to make sure that no new parent ever feels like their circumstances are an inconvenience to the organisation. We are a family force and so we see a new baby as an addition to that family. We know that this is a joyous occasion, but it can be isolating and terrifying and we haven’t always got it right in terms of supporting the wellbeing of new parents. We need to be united as a workforce in celebrating our staff becoming parents and this is a gesture that reinforces that thinking.”       

Kate ROGERS , HR Advisor said, “With each box presented to a Police Officer a donation will be made to the St George’s Police Children’s Trust which is a registered charity providing financial support to children and young people whose police officer parent has either lost their life or had an illness preventing them from being able to work.  Conversely, with each box presented to a member of police staff, a donation will be made to the Rainforest Ward at Lincoln County Hospital which provides excellent care for sick children in our county.”

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