Hostage UK seminars
Hostage UK runs a regular series of seminars to help organisations understand the needs of families during a kidnapping and how best to support them through the event.
Kidnapping is a significant risk for a growing range of organisations – from multinational corporations and faith-based organisations, to humanitarian and aid agencies and educational institutions.
Many have well developed plans and policies in place to cover staff and contractor safety and security, insurance to cover the costs of a kidnap, and security consultants on standby to run the response to a kidnap, should it occur.
Few have thought through how they will support the hostage’s family, what they will need from the organisation, how this support will be delivered and by whom, and who will support the supporters through an emotionally distressing assignment.
Fewer still have policies for hostage reintegration, covering challenges such as reunification with family, return to work and the myriad of health and mental health problems they will need to overcome.
Participants hear from former hostages and their families, senior representatives from organisations that have handled a staff kidnapping, representatives from the government, and leading psychologists and psychiatrists on how to deal with the impacts of trauma.
Hostage UK also holds masterclasses on topics such as media and social media, supporting children, hostage reintegration, and legal liabilities. See our events.