Why should you consider an academic qualification?

The journey through an academic qualification will increase your ability to meet challenges head on and overcome them, a trait both valued and desired by employers.



If you laid all the platitudes about organisational culture end to end, I’m pretty sure that you could circle the globe a few times.  I’m thinking of;

Counter Terrorism Workshop - Key Information

Silverback certificate participants take part in a practical demonstration of a variety of IEDs, carry out a rapid search of facilities (op WIDEAWAKE) and learn about levels of LOCKDOWN.

Putting on the style

Some years ago, I was running a workshop with a bunch of lecturers and I asked them to read a short article on motivation and discuss it in groups.  At this point one of the participants spoke up and said that she couldn’t do it – couldn’t read the article.

When did you last..?

When did you last catch yourself thinking “I never knew that” or “That’s a useful skill to have developed”?  In short, when were you last consciously aware that you had learned something – some knowledge or skill?

New faces at Silverback

New faces at Silverback

We were very excited to welcome our new certificate group, as well as our Diploma participants, to the recent weekend workshop.  The certificate workshop was ‘Emergency, Risk and Crisis management’ and it focused on definitions, approaches and relevant models, exploring them practically through different active learning methods.

The Farming Approach to Professional Development & Education

Since a small team of like-minded individuals formed the Silverback Security Academy in 2016 I’ve been looking carefully at the demand for workshop based programmes and I’ve listened to lots of people within the security industry tell me about their personal pathways towards professional development.

Navigating Your Way Through The English Qualification System

This article explains how to find your way in the complex world of the qualification system. It's been written to help readers find the right route to achieving the 'right' qualification.

Continuing Professional Development – Which path? Vocational or Academic?

There are many values that the Military taught me, but one, which I continue to think about, is continuing professional development (CPD). It is this experience that I have taken across into my civilian career always looking at how I can grow and challenge myself 

A Kid Called Bland

A kid called Bland once punched me on the nose.  I was 12 or 13.  I was at a bus stop.  I was chatting up a girl.  I don’t know what I said or did to upset him, but clearly, he felt that things had gone way beyond dialogue, so he launched off and caught me straight on the hooter, the beezer, the proboscis.

Teams Are A Good Thing, Right?

I mean, two heads are better than one, so the wisdom goes, so it must follow that more than two heads, three, four or more must be a good thing. It stands to reason, doesn’t it?

Managing event security teams – rotate your staff!

The one thing that I’ve noticed most about the way security teams are managed at some of the events I’ve worked, is the tendency to allocate each security operative a post and leave them there. Now this might be suitable for a short duration event, say three or four hours, but longer events could be managed better.

"T'ain't what you do, (it’s the way that you do it.)”

“T’ain’t what you do, (it’s the way that you do it.)”  Oliver & Young. 1939. Have you noticed that some people have all the certificates and strings of letters after their names like collections of badges, or campaign medals?  But the problem is, they can’t do their jobs very well.  

Life transitions - from Nursery Teacher to Security Manager

When I left school I didn’t have a clear idea of ​​what I wanted to do. I had previously completed a course in sociology and studied to be a kindergarten teacher. I soon found out that this was not something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Experts Don't Know

Now here’s a thing. It’s widely recognised that experts – that is individuals highly skilled in a field of work - often do not know why they do what they do and are unable to describe why they take particular actions.

Have you heard of the Iowa Gambling Task? 

Have you heard of the Iowa Gambling Task? 

If you haven’t then check it out because maybe, just maybe, it begins to explain some of the background to intuition

Scanning for Threats

Preventing Vehicles from Becoming Lethal Weapons

As a result of the increasing rates of global terror, the automotive and security industries – like many other industries – are facing new challenges. Bombs stowed in cars, vans, trucks, buses and even planes, can kill and injure hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent civilians, shattering lives in mere seconds.

Mind Map Video

Assignment - Mind Mapping

Assignments can involve some pretty complex situations which will require you to gather your thoughts and ideas. Having considered the outcomes and their significance in a given situation, you'll then need to put 'pen to paper', to demonstrate your understanding.

Trusting your gut without knowing why you trust your gut makes no sense.

Experts are often not aware of the skills and strategies that they have developed and use.  They exercise them without thinking. 

A lesson shared…

Once tasked with our first main assignment we were advised to write out a mind map before progressing further.  This wasn’t something I was familiar with.

Can We Rely On Intuition To Determine What Constitutes A Threat?

Patrick Smith offers two examples from security and medicine which suggest that we can.

Intuition In Action

TPSO Newsletter Edition 2

Calling all aspiring security managers – please read TPSO Newsletter Edition 2

Team at the Houses of Parliament

When teaching and learning leave you buzzing!

Phew! Just finished a weekend workshop to support our diploma module in Logistics & Infrastructure Issues. We were fortunate to kick off with a visit to the Houses of Parliament before delving into the module detail.

Another Thought About Fads

Whoops! There goes another one. Turn your back for just a second and a fad flashes by disappearing into the distance. Have I been left behind, yet again? Or perhaps like buses if I wait around another three will turn up at the same time.

Fads. Here We Go Again.

Recently, I’ve been preparing a presentation on management fads as part of a workshop on Leadership Trends and inevitably, the topic of fads cropped up. They get to you. Fads do, they get under your skin, they irritate and demand attention - won’t let you go.

Protecting Public Spaces Against Terror Attacks

Carl's video presentation to the Counter Terrorism and Extremism Event on the 19th of June 2019.

TPSO - The June Newsletter 'Security Managers of the Future'

Just out! The first newsletter to focus on helping you develop your career in security. The industry is changing. Future security managers will be expected to lead on this and good quality training will be essential.

Silverback at the Counter Terrorism and Extremism 2019 Event

We have been invited to deliver a case study "Protecting Public Spaces Against Terror Attacks – Raising Standards And Ensuring Currency" at the Government Event "Counter Terrorism and Extremism 2019: Protecting The Nation From Home And Global Threats", on June 19, 2019.

Extremists do not discriminate

Pollstar journalist, Gideon Gottfried, interviewed Silverback facilitator and director Carl Dakin at the E3S – Event Safety & Security Summit in October 2018. They discussed the work of Carl’s company, Dakin Consulting Ltd, and the challenges of providing security services to live events in the context of possible terrorist threats.

Countering terrorism – where to start?

Carl Dakin ​ QGM, MSc, FdA, MSyI I was originally prompted to write these blogs by the announcement in 2017 of Manchester United’s intention to appoint a Counter Terrorism (CT) Manager. It surprised me that the Manchester United security team were not already ‘match fit’ in terms of deterring and responding to any terrorist threats to their premises and facilities.

What Goal Keepers Do

Have you ever wondered why goal-keepers always dive when faced with a penalty shot? Think about it. What makes them dive right or left?