Hostage UK supports families when a loved one is kidnapped (usually for financial gain or political/ideological ends) and also assists hostages after they return home. Our support is entirely confidential, which means that we do not share the details of any of our cases. However, we do share information that is already in the public realm to increase awareness of the plight of hostages and their families.
On 14 November 2018, Survivors Against Terror (a network of people directly affected by terrorist acts) and Kantar published the first nationwide survey of UK survivors of terrorist incidents and delivered an open letter to 10 Downing Street.
While most of the services recent survivors received were rated highly, including the emergency services and NHS emergency provision, the report highlights a significant gap in mental health provision. Issues include waiting list times and support for children. The report states that other areas that need to improve include financial compensation, legal support, support for children generally and the UK Government response. You can read the detailed report here.
Hostage UK has experience in assisting families of hostages held by terrorist groups and can help them and returning hostages to access mental health, financial and legal assistance and can provide advice on how to support children who are also affected. We can put you in contact with other families who have been through a similar incident. It does not matter when the hostage crisis occurred. It could be an ongoing incident, just finished or have taken place years ago. We will be with you for as long as you need.