Kidnap and Ransom Management

Qualification……………… Certificate of Achievement: SFJ Awards
Duration…………………..  Four-day classroom course

This accredited short course, working at Level 4, is for anyone who’d like to understand what is needed to effectively manage a kidnap and ransom situation. The course is delivered by a specialist in the strategic management of such events, and it focuses on the subject from the perspective of a corporate/commercial setting.

You will receive a high level of practical skill and theoretical knowledge needed to act confidently, objectively and effectively in a kidnap and ransom situation. You’ll learn how to protect the physical integrity of your staff or company assets if threatened by a kidnap or commercial extortion-related incident.

Aided by the use of scenarios, this course enables you to explore and understand the duty of care and responsibilities. This also includes primacy and legal considerations, crisis response and management as it relates to kidnap and ransom. You will cover communication, including victim and offender contact, as well as negotiation skills, and external and internal messaging.

The skills taught cover the response to a kidnapping, or commercial extortion, and how this dovetails with corporate crisis management planning. Assessment for the course includes group work, culminating in a presentation and a written workbook.

Core content

  • Background to kidnap and ransom
  • Current global trends
  • Risk and threat identification and mitigation
  • Organisational responsibility and preparedness
  • Duty of care considerations
  • Emergency response and crisis management
  • Primacy and structure
  • Roles of departments, other companies and state and local law enforcement
  • Communication strategy
  • Victim/hostage takers
  • Family
  • Social media
  • Negotiation structure and process
  • Managing a negotiated solution
  • Post-incident issues

This course is delivered either as an in-person four-day course, with lunch and refreshments included, or as a virtual course delivered live via Zoom. If you’d like to discuss more about this programme, the qualification it provides, or which course is best for you or your team, give one of our team a call on +44 (0) 1489 896549.

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