Northumbria Police turn to students for business expertise

Northumbria Police turn to students for business expertise

Students at Northumbria University have been sharing their business acumen with one of the largest police forces in the country.

Compass Consultants, a firm founded from the Business Clinic at Newcastle Business School, is headed up by Project Manager, James Albert with team members Clodagh Hartley, Callum McDonnell and Rachael Kirk. The four members who make up Compass Consultants are all currently MSc Business with Marketing Management students at Northumbria.

They were tasked by Northumbria Police Force to investigate the key benefits of a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) - a single point of contact for all professionals to report safeguarding concerns for children and vulnerable adults at risk of abuse.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, said: "I very much welcome this research undertaken by Northumbria University. It acknowledges that a comprehensive and co-ordinated approach like the MASH can really help support victims of domestic abuse and their children.

"As well as highlighting the benefits of pooling local insight and expertise, the findings also signal areas for continued improvement so we can keep building on the successes and make this joint approach the best it can be for those suffering at the hands of an abuser. I hope to see this type of approach replicated elsewhere."

The Business Clinic is an education scheme at Northumbria University's Newcastle Business School whereby a group of business students participate in a ‘consultancy firm' to provide advice for organisations across the North East. The service is offered for all types of businesses from SME's, multi-national and through to not for profit organisations.

Projects have included developing and designing prototype e-commerce websites and user interfaces, along with developing strategies to enter new markets, increasing visitors to a tourist attraction, and creating a service of real value for the organisation involved.

Compass Consultant team member, Rachael Kirk said: "Gaining experience working with Northumbria Police on such an exciting project, has helped develop skills in both research and presentation while aiding my confidence. It's rewarding knowing the police will take on board our strategy recommendations for their MASH, which will benefit the local community."