Have you considered the possibility of your staff being kidnapped?

Changing Threats


Terrorism, Brexit and President Trump present us with an increasingly uncertain world.  Companies and organisations must plan to meet the associated challenges whilst seeking to manage the related risks.  So if you are a CEO, Director of Human Resources, Director of Security, Health & Safety Manager or Security Specialist whose organisation is requiring staff, students or journalists to travel or work overseas, then you will know that you have a Duty of Care to protect your employees from danger.

Therefore, do you have coherent security policies in place which are available to and followed by all staff?  Are these policies supported by effective and appropriate pre-travel security briefings, including hostage survival briefings for high risk countries?  Do you also have regularly tested crisis response plans, K&R insurance and access to specialist trauma expertise, for those who may have been kidnapped or attacked whilst on business?

For those travelling off the beaten track, or to high-risk regions, the crime of kidnapping (including hijack and illegal detention) poses a genuine and arguably increasing threat.
Organisations often fail to do the following:

  • develop a policy and associated measures which address these challenges,
  • take effective measures to assess possible security risks,
  • take effective measures equip their staff to minimise the risk of getting into dangerous situations,
  • brief staff on what to do if a kidnapping occurs
  • have access to professional post event support services

This potentially exposes them to a great deal of risk on many levels: legal, financial and reputational.

Mitigating these risks is a vital part of operating overseas, ensuring you protect your interests and fulfil your Duty of Care commitments, personally and corporately.

DHSC, specialists in kidnap awareness, has partnered with RPS Partnership (specialists in hostile environment awareness and crisis management training), to offer large and small organisations bespoke, practical advice, briefings and training for your staff.  This will substantially reduce the risk of them becoming victims of crime, injury or abduction when travelling to or working in high risk areas.

We appreciate that these are not easy subjects to discuss with staff.  But just pretending that these risks do not exist is not a valid response.  Your staff trusts your organisation to minimise the risks to them. With vast experience of tackling this challenge carefully and appropriately with a wide range of clients over a number of years, DHSC and RPS Partnership are fully aware of the need to position this carefully and adapt training to suit each organisation’s needs and ways of doing things.

Delivered by a team of globally experienced security specialists, DHSC/RPS Partnership’s training courses draw on our experience of working in overseas environments for over 20 years in 70 countries.

Our respected kidnap avoidance and response courses typically examine the different methodologies used by kidnappers, as well as how to avoid common pitfalls.

After consulting with you to establish your organisation`s appetite for tackling this difficult subject, level of risk exposure and training needs, DHSC/RPS Partnership will design a tailor-made programme to address the actual risks faced by your employees.

Our aim

Our aim is to develop a training programme specifically crafted to an individual organisation`s or even an individual team or staff member`s needs. We can deliver training in a number of global locations to suit you and your staff.


Looking specifically at kidnapping, training content varies according to your organisation`s needs, but specific areas covered may include the following:

  • Types of kidnap and the structure of a kidnap
  • Reducing your profile and avoiding being a potential target
  • Identifying choke points and utilising your security knowledge
  • How to cope during captivity and understanding the hostage negotiation process
  • Release & recovery and the aftermath of a kidnap

Face to face training typically comprises classroom style workshops and can be interspersed with some practical skills to survive. All our training is designed to equip your employees with the skills they need, ideally to avoid or in a worst case situation survive kidnap situations and emerge in the best possible shape.  Such training really can improve the chances of survival and lessen the risk of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for hostage survivors.

Face to face or online learning

Whilst we continue to believe that face to face training is the best method of effectively communicating this knowledge, we appreciate that this is not always possible. We have also developed training materials which are accessible via a digital platform which allow staff to access travel security and hostage survival briefings online.

Access to these materials can be built into an organisation’s travel planning operations.  We can provide your employees the best possible training and guidance.

Those who travel and work overseas need to know how to minimise the risk of becoming a victim of criminal behaviour. They need to know how to avoid being kidnapped and how to respond in the event that this happens to them. This training will help protect both your staff and your organisation.

If you would like a confidential discussion about how we can help reduce the risk to you, your staff and your organisation, please contact us, in the first instance here