On 19 December last year, the government announced details for the Protect Duty in Parliament, to be known as Martyn’s Law, which will include new laws to enhance preparedness and protection from terror attacks.
The new duty will require venues to take steps to improve public safety, with measures dependent on the size of the venue and the activity taking place. Dedicated statutory guidance and bespoke support will be provided by the government. Expert advice, training and guidance is also already available on the online protective security hub, ProtectUK, including a ‘What you need to know’ page linked below. Martyn’s Law will extend to and apply across the whole of the United Kingdom and the government will publish draft legislation in early Spring 2023.
The Home Office will be holding a webinar for Places of Worship to find out how these changes will affect them on Thursday 9th March from 11:00am – 12noon.