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Kingdom hosts meeting of new student security scheme

ProtectED PatronKingdom was very pleased recently to host a high-profile peer and a meeting of a new “gold standard” student security accreditation scheme at our London offices. The meeting of ProtectEd saw Baroness Ruth Henig (front row, second from the left in the photo above) appointed as their new patron The photo above includes members of the ProtectEd team and the SIA’s Director of Partnerships and Interventions Dave Humphries.

ProtectED is the first national accreditation scheme for student safety, security and wellbeing at UK universities. The scheme launched in 2017, after three years of research and development by University of Salford academics, services staff, and security consultants K7 Compliance.

It was founded on the understanding that universities play a critical role in student safety, security and wellbeing that does not end at campus boundaries but takes in the wider ‘student experience’. Current practice in this critical area varies around the UK, and the sector lacks a cohesive evidence base from which to better understand the problems students face, and how to address them.

The ProtectED Code of Practice addresses: core institutional safety and security; student wellbeing and mental health; international students; student harassment and sexual assault; and the ‘student night out’. All measures are based on best practice guidance and supported by case studies from UK universities. Member universities must benchmark themselves against the Code of Practice. Their efforts are assessed by a peer review panel, and trained ProtectED assessors. Successful universities are awarded ProtectED Accredited Institution status.

To find out more about ProtectEd, please visit their website: https://www.protect-ed.org/

As the new patron of the scheme, Baroness Henig is supporting the drive to recruit 12 founder member universities who will take the lead on student safety, security and wellbeing in the higher education sector. To date, almost 50 universities have expressed an interest in ProtectED membership.

Talking about her support for the initiative, Baroness Henig said: “ProtectED brings together a number of issues that I have long been passionate about — ensuring a safe experience for university students; high quality security services; and taking a partnership approach to safety in the higher education sector. The ProtectED Code of Practice offers, for the first time, a student safety, security and wellbeing standard for universities to aspire to, and a practical, robust method of assessing and raising standards across the sector.

Baroness Henig is a high profile and longstanding British academic historian and Labour Party politician with a huge amount of experience of higher education, policing and the private security sector. She has a PhD in history, was a lecturer in Modern European History at Lancaster University where she served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and has written several books and pamphlets on 20th-century international history.

She served as a Labour member of Lancashire County Council for 24 years (including a year as Chair of the Council), was a Parliamentary Candidate in the 1990s. From 1995 to 2005 she was Chair of Lancashire Police Authority. From 1997 to 2005 she was Chair of the Association of Police Authorities, and then went on to become President of the Association of Police Authorities. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the National Criminal Justice Board. She was given a CBE in 2002 for services to policing, and was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Lancashire. She joined the House of Lords as a life peer in 2004, and was made Deputy Speaker in 2015.

In December 2006 she was appointed as Chairman of the SIA (Security Industry Authority), and remained in that role until March 2013. She was presented with the Association of Security Consultant’s Award, part of the Imbert Prize, in June 2013 for her work in the role. She was appointed President of the Security Institute in April 2016.

Following the meeting in London the ProtectEd team thanked Kingdom for hosting the meeting. We were very pleased to host this meeting, as we provide a range of services to a number of universities across the UK. Our aim is to safeguard people, facilities and reputations and provide a safe place to learn and teach. We have a dedicated education team that has an extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of the special needs and demands of universities and the education sector. We therefore look forward to supporting this initiative in the coming months and years, and wish ProtectEd continued success.

For more information about Kingdom and all our services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.


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