For more than a century, Britain`s Norland College has been training professional nannies. But now, in addition to childcare, students are learning about terrorism, security, and how to avoid high-risk situations.
At Norland College, they`re teaching some of the world`s best-trained nannies about worst-case scenarios.
“Kidnappers may be armed, and they may be well-prepared.”
Their instructor is a counter-terrorism expert who asked to not be identified. He trains students in cyber security, situational awareness, and travel safety. Nannies also take self-defense classes and learn defensive driving.
“It`s the world that we live in.”
Paul Gibson is the former Director of UK Counter-Terrorism. He helped develop the curriculum.
“If you look at some of the terror attacks we had in London last year, you don`t need to be reminded of the pervasive threat and almost the sort of random nature of it,” said Gibson.
During last year`s Westminster Bridge attack, a Norland nanny was working nearby. She stayed calm, kept the children safe, and checked in with their parents.
“They were in lockdown for a long period of time, and we really feel that some of the ways in which we`ve equipped our students helped them cope under that circumstance,” explained Janet Rose, principal of Norland College.
Norland nannies often care for children of celebrities, royalty, and the world`s wealthiest families — sometimes, making the youngsters high-profile targets.
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge hired a Norland nanny to help care for their three children.
“Clearly wealth is one of the primary reasons people get targeted.”
20-year-old Pippa Orr says extensive security training has made her more confident.
“You sort of feel like you`re prepared for most situations or situations you wouldn`t even think about.”
This is the second year that Norland College has offered the security and counter-terrorism course, and both graduates and the families they work for say the lessons have been valuable.
This article provided by NewsEdge.