Protect Duty - How do we safeguard Public Spaces


Protect Duty - How do we safeguard Public Spaces

20 Oct 2021 by: Alden Arnold

The Protect Duty (Martyn’s Law) is expected to be written into UK Law by the middle of 2022.

However, there are multiple things to consider, especially for local authorities. The Local Government Association has questioned “How a new duty would sit alongside existing duties and delivery of work in the counter-terrorism space. This includes work undertaken by Community Safety Partnerships, Local Resilience Forums (in particular how a new duty will be aligned to the requirements in the Civil Contingencies Act 2004), CONTEST boards, Safety Advisory Groups (SAGs), licensing teams, and under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Many of these have overlapping partner representation and/or interest in these issues.”

Venue owners/operators are having to look at specific CT staff training, increased numbers of emergency first aid/ bleed control kits, perhaps even augmented physical security measures – all of which come at a cost.

How will urban high street design be affected by the new law? After fifteen months of lockdown, people want to be outside, socializing, free to enjoy a meal or drink outside a café or pub – but equally, they want to feel safe from vehicular attacks. Will there be provisions for this in the Protect Duty?

These are some of the key questions that will be addressed on 18th November at the CTB365 ‘Protect Duty’ online interactive event.

Join Henry Havis, Head of Security at ExCel London and Chair of the AEV’s Security Working Group, on 18th November for CTB365’s webinar – Protect Duty (Martyn’s Law): How do we safeguard public spaces? – for his presentation “Security expectations for event venues: Who has responsibility and how do we prepare for the future?”

The event is CPD-accredited by the Security Institute, free to attend and there’s an opportunity to win a double Grab Bag/ Bleed Control Kit from The #ZeroResponder. Live Polls, interactive chat and Q&A Sessions. Register today at:



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