There are approximately 1.6 million schools with over 400 million children in India. Most of the schools in India are public and government aided schools. Expenditure on safety in such schools is not a high priority due to the budget constraints of the Education Board of India and the government. In India, only private schools can afford the safety measures that are required by the safety Standard Operating Procedure issued by Home Ministry of India due to financial constraints. Private schools and popular elite boarding schools, are mostly at the outskirts of townships due to their large campus and are therefore at a greater risk of safety threats.
Still, most of the private schools are not properly safe guarded and have lesser number of man-guards than required. Most of the institutions have cctvs installed but they are not monitored and are therefore of little or no advantage.
Since good quality private security services require large numbers of man guards, only elite and famous private schools are safe guarded by security personnel. Larger, already established security firms are operating in this area but they are very expensive and are only affordable to big, renowned and private groups of schools. The majority of this potential market is from schools that are private but not very famous and financially strong. They have safety measures installed but with a number of flaws and are they are not in accordance with the safety guidelines issued by government for schools. The market is huge and mostly untapped. Private security is a huge requirement for schools in India nowadays.
Children form approximately ¾ of the population of schools. Since children are young and are unable to protect themselves and understand perceived danger, they need not only protection but also training for emergency situations.
After the incident of the Peshawar school attack in 2014, schools in India have been asked to revamp their security measures for the safety of the school children. GUARDING ANGELS can provide schools with the ultimate package of safety measures which would be customised as per the needs of the school and would be in accordance with the safety guidelines issued by the government of India for schools nationwide.
Ensuring safe learning environments for elementary and secondary school students, educators, administrators, and others is essential. Cultures and climates of safety, respect, and emotional support can help diminish the possibility of targeted violence in schools.
At Europa Security, we are committed to investigating and evaluating threats and other behaviours of concern in schools, addressing considerations for developing policies and capacity to support threat assessment efforts and providing suggestions for approaches schools can adopt to foster school environments that reduce threats of targeted violence.