Martyn’s Law

1 February 2023

The government has updated its guidance on the proposed Martyn’s Law (Protect Duty) which is due to ensure ‘stronger protections against terrorism in public places’ and will be applicable to all of the UK.

The proposed law is in response to the 14 terrorist attacks on the UK since 2017, and the aim is to keep people safe, enhance our national security and ‘reduce the risk to the public from terrorism by the protection of public venues.’

‘It will place a requirement on those responsible for certain locations to consider the threat from terrorism and implement appropriate and proportionate mitigation measures. The legislation will ensure parties are prepared, ready to respond and know what to do in the event of an attack. Better protection will be delivered through enhanced security systems, staff training, and clearer processes.’

A date hasn’t been announced for when this will become law – we will continue to monitor news from the government and report back as soon as we have more information.

Click here to read the Martyn’s Law factsheet

Click here for more information from the government

Before the law is passed, clerks are being encouraged to complete the following FREE online training – Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) and to ensure colleagues are first aid trained.

Click here for an article from Protect UK on What You Need to Know

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