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National Strategy for Maritime Security launched by Ministry of Defence

The strategy outlines, for the first time, the UK’s approach to delivering maritime security at home and internationally, setting out how the UK organises and uses its extensive national capabilities to identify, assess and address maritime security challenges.

The strategy highlights the importance of the maritime domain to UK prosperity and security. It sets out how, through effective collaboration across Government, with industry and international partners – and through the integration of assets and personnel wherever possible – the UK will deliver maritime security.

Maritime security is a cross-Government activity which brings together 16 Government departments and agencies. At the forefront of these are the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office and the Department for Transport.

Philip Hammond MP: Secretary of State for Defence

Philip Hammond MP: Secretary of State for Defence

Five key priorities outlined

The National Strategy for Maritime Security outlines five main priorities. These are to:

• promote a secure international maritime area where international maritime laws are upheld
• help other nations develop their own maritime security
• protect the UK and the Overseas Territories, their citizens and economies by supporting the safety and security of ports and offshore installations as well as passenger and cargo vessels
• assure the security of vital maritime trade and energy transportation routes
• protect the resources and population of the UK and the Overseas Territories from illegal and dangerous activity

The strategy also introduces a robust Government approach to maritime security decision-making and confirms a commitment to both preserving the flow of maritime trade and upholding international maritime law.

Read the National Strategy for Maritime Security in full

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Guardian24 smartphone app protects Addiction NI lone workers

Northern Ireland-based charity Addiction NI has chosen to protect its staff who work alone by equipping them with Guardian24’s lone working personal safety smartphone application. The application provides end users with the ability to log in and out of daily tasks, and also allows them to raise a panic alarm should their safety be compromised.

Addiction NI is an alcohol and drug treatment charity providing tailor-made treatment programmes for people with drug or alcohol problems that’s delivered in community settings. The charity also gives confidential support to people affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use.

Addiction NI provide outreach services where treatment programmes are being delivered in clients’ homes. These appointments are often carried out by an individual worker, so they’re open to the risks associated with lone working.

Alan Coleman, project manager at Addiction NI, said: “Staff often work alone and can operate several miles from their office base. In addition to the risk of physical and verbal abuse presented by clients who may be intoxicated, there’s also the risk presented by others who may be in the home when staff call.”

Guardian24's lone worker protection system for Addiction NI is delivered via BlackBerry smartphones

Guardian24’s lone worker protection system for Addiction NI is delivered via BlackBerry smartphones

Reason for the new arrangement

With the increase in lone working visits, Addiction NI decided it needed extra support to safeguard workers at all times.

Guardian24 was chosen as the lone worker safety protection to be used via Blackberry smartphones. The lone worker mobile application provides an easy-to-use personal security service without the cost of purchasing additional devices.

With the ability to log in and out of daily tasks and raise a panic alarm should an issue occur where safety of the lone worker is compromised, Addiction NI is meeting its Duty of Care to employees.

Addiction NI has found that implementing Guardian24 provides reassurance and peace of mind to staff by allowing them to carry out their jobs with the knowledge that they have extra protection should they find themselves in a volatile environment where they’re exposed to risk and their safety is compromised.

“The Guardian24 service has greatly enhanced our Lone Working Policy and procedures,” continued Coleman. “The system is easy to operate and provides staff with the reassurance that if a situation arises in which they feel they’re at risk, they have immediate access to a panic alarm to summon help.”

Using reports from Guardian24

A further reassurance for Addiction NI’s staff is that if their session with a client exceeds the estimated duration of the activity that they logged, Guardian24 will instigate an escalating response to check on their safety.

Coleman added: “Our managerial staff make full use of the Guardian24 reports, such as the monitoring reports, in turn allowing managers to immediately pinpoint a member of staff’s location in the event of an alarm being raised.”

Guardian24’s marketing manager Leona Mills commented: “Addiction NI joins our ever-growing list of charities who use our invaluable service to protect their lone workers. With over 33,000 users throughout the UK and Ireland, our award-winning technology continues to protect the vulnerable lone workers in this sector.”

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Corps Security staff set to embark on 24-hour charity ‘Rowathon’

Four fitness fanatics from Corps Security are hoping to raise several thousand pounds for a number of charities during a 24-hour ‘Rowathon’ taking place on Thursday 26 June.

Starting at 5.30 pm at Corps Security’s headquarters in Cowcross Street, London, the team will take turns on a static rowing machine, rowing through the night and all through the following day.

Eric Roberts, Gary Broad, Rob Hill and Jason Taylor will be on full view to the public at the front of Corps Security’s building, an idea which the team is hoping will help muster local support.

Donations raised will be evenly split between the company’s chosen charity – the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund – and the individuals’ chosen charities. These are the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Mind.

The Corps Security 'Rowathon' takes place on Thursday 26 June in central London

The Corps Security ‘Rowathon’ takes place on Thursday 26 June in central London

Eric Roberts (team leader and event organiser) said: “We have all done our bit individually for our chosen charities, but we wanted a challenge that we could do together to give each other moral support. I’ve no doubt it will be a very long night, but we’re asking for the support of our colleagues and business partners who we hope will tweet and text us with words of encouragement along the way.”

For anyone wishing to make a donation, please visit the Virgin Money Giving page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/CorpsSecurityRowathon

Alternatively, please drop some cash into the charity bucket at the time of the event

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