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Know your Institute
                     Know   your   Institute

                                                                                                                            October 26th is the Annual Conference with is            The impact of the global COVID pandemic was
                        What does 2023 hold??                                                                               currently in development.                                catastrophe for many. Communities were unprepared
                                                                                                                                                                                     for the increase in domestic abuse or violence. The
                                                                                                                                                                                     cycle of abuse was no longer a private issue, reports
                                                                                                                            November 2nd we will be at the Twenty23 event at
                                                                                                                            Heathrow and at the NAHS Conference in Birmingham        increased daily, and I witnessed the fallout as a
                                                                                                                            between the 22nd-23rd.
                              By Angela Vernon-Lawson CSyP FSyI                                                             We are also developing our regional calendar,            In 2013, Sarah Silcox reported Domestic Abuse cost
                                                                                                                            webinars and pop-up drop in’s where you can come         businesses 1.9 billion per year, four years later in 2017
                                                                                                                            along and meet the team and other members. Invites       UK Government reported the social and economic cost
                                                                                                                            to join the Institute table at some in credible events   to England and Wales had risen to an astounding £66
                                                                                                                            will also be distributed.                                billion. I am currently collating the latest information
       As 2023 gathers momentum we have been working hard behind the scenes                                                                                                          and it will be available soon. The fallout for businesses is
       to revamp many areas, to ensure we can service the membership and reduce                                             The Institute is also incredibly proud to champion       significant. Not only in lost time, but not understanding
       costs of our in-person events by lower ticket prices. This was one key area                                          The Secure Futures EY Foundation, the Consortium         what to do. For many it is such a private matter but
       the Membership Matters Advisory Group (MMAG) requested and has been                                                  for the Prevention of Suicide and of course Violence     making it known that help is available is often the first
       actioned, first at the Annual Conference, and for the Gala Awards Dinner 18th                                        Against Women and Girls (VAWG), which is very close      step.
       April 2023. We are also reviewing the website to provide our members and                                             to my heart, and it is shameful this is a 21st century
       would members with a refreshed, updated easier to navigate ‘shop window’,                                            problem.                                                 Towards the end of April 2021 many welcomed the
       alongside this the app is also being updated to improve connectivity for                                                                                                      Domestic Abuse Act 2021 because it offered hope
       members. The administration for members CPD will be much smoother for                                                ‘Violence – behaviour involving physical force intended   to those being abused, as reporting would be taken
       2023. Earlier in the year we worked with DMG Events to be their CPD partner                                          to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.’          seriously and perpetrators would be dealt with. Yet
       for the World Police Summit in Dubai (7-9th March).                                                                                                                           only weeks before the Act became a legal entity Sarah
                                                                                                                            There is no avoiding the intent, the aim of committing   Everard was brutally attacked. Her assailant being

       The request for a mentor is also on the increase, so if you have time to give                                        harm, the ferociousness of an unrestrained act of        a police officer. A figure we should trust. A capable
       someone support be it personal or professional, please do join our mentorship programme, its invaluable for          violence. We can ask why and who commits such acts,      guardian to defend us when we are in trouble; this
       both parties.                                                                                                        and the answer does not change; anyone regardless        incident resulted in national outrage and the brutality
       We have seen great work and influence from some of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs), specifically Inclusive        of status, wealth, education, culture, or religion.      of the attack was, and remains incomprehensible
       SIG and the CT SIG. Some SIGs require a chair or co-chair so please do put yourself forward to be involved           Such atrocities often start with coercive, intimidating   but in many ways it became the springboard for the
       and drive forward research and articles to share with our members and the wider industry.                            behaviour. Behaviours intended to control, to belittle,   national launch of the prevention of Violence Against
                                                                                                                            to create doubt; often followed by physical abuse; a     Women and Girls. With this we have seen the launch
       The Corporate Partner Network has been revamped alongside our annual sponsorship packages to improve                 full force punch to the face, stomach, or head. That     of numerous apps, including the Railway Guardian
       support and what we can offer.                                                                                       may be the first time. The apologies, the ‘sorry I didn’t   App, and more publicity for ‘Ask for Angela’ a project I
                                                                                                                            mean it’ I love you. The mind games start and the        became involved with prior to the pandemic.
       April events are gathering momentum. The AGM on 18th April is followed by a relaunch of our Annual Gala              doubt increases. The control continues with how to
       Awards. The following week the Institute will be at The Security Event at the NEC 25-27th April.                     dress, how to look, for some they are not allowed to     So how can those in security help – observe and
                                                                                                                            wash. Basic daily needs are withdrawn; food, drink       communicate, be that guardian during the day and
       May 10th sees the launch of The Security Institute Wellbeing and Mental Health seminar for the security              and often money. If you have no food your weak, you      night-time economy. If you see something that is out of
       sector sponsored by Mitie will take place at The Shard. On the  16th – 18th May we will be at IFSEC, Excel  and      cannot fight back, with no money you can’t run away.     the ordinary or poor behaviour just asking if everything
       a Members lunch held on 24th May at Doggett’s, Coat and Badge,  Blackfriars Bridge London.                           The mobile phone can be friend or foe – it can be        is okay can be enough for someone to move on. Keep a
                                                                                                                            taken away to prevent you calling anyone for help or     safe distance and call for help. Sounds simple enough.

       June 8th is the launch of our first Careers Fair for Veterans and Uniformed Service Personnel held at the VSC        given as a gift to track the receiver. Friends become    It is! During the pandemic I became a Bystander Trainer
       in London which is an exciting opportunity for our Corporate Partner Network and members who employ                  a thing of the past as it easier than explaining the     and revisited building my Restorative Relationship Skills
       former service personnel - so watch this space as Bob Martin CSyP and I release more information! This is            bruise, the weight loss, the dishevelled look.           amongst many other things – by standing shoulder to
       followed by an event on 15th June that we are holding at Mira Technology Institute in Nuneaton, as part of                                                                    shoulder we can prevent many things from happening.
       the initiative to engage young people to consider security as a career.                                              These are just some of the things I have dealt with      Sisters Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry murdered
                                                                                                                            in the last 30 years. I have also dealt with those in    in June 2020 and Sabina Nessa September 2021 who
       July is also gathering momentum where we will be present at Twenty23 in Manchester on 6th. On the July               denial who believe a toxic relationship is the norm.     received less media attention are only examples.
       11th The Security Institute Director Carl Dakin will be hosting the Young Members and Fellows lunch at the           Persuading otherwise takes time, patience and often      Prevention against Violence Against Woman and Girls is
       Union Jack Club in London.                                                                                           hours of silence. Not talking, not advising, just sitting,   now in the spotlight; not because it was something new,
                                                                                                                            waiting for one word, any word which means that          or unfamiliar but because it is necessary.
       September 14th is the Women in Security Awards, 25th is the CSyP Dinner followed by 2 days at the                    person is letting you in.
       International Security Expo 26th -27th at Olympia.
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