Following recommendations by the Security Industry Authority and in the interest of public safety, ministers have agreed that physical intervention skills training will become mandatory for all door supervisors in the United Kingdom.
Although this training is already a compulsory part of the updated nationally-recognised door supervision qualification for new applicants introduced in June 2010, it is currently not a requirement for those who qualified before this date.
Knowing how to escort people from premises safely is important to door supervisors, who may have to deal with this type of situation as part of their role. Being trained in the appropriate techniques and how to use them will help door staff to manage difficult situations, minimising the risk of injury to members of the public and to themselves.
The module will include physical intervention skills training, and other areas such as considerations in dealing with 14 to18 year-olds, and first aid awareness. Once the requirement is introduced, door supervisors who trained prior to the introduction of the new qualification in 2010 will need to pass this module before they can renew their licence.
The SIA is now working closely with the Home Office to determine the timescales and arrangements necessary to introduce this mandatory requirement at the earliest opportunity. At least six months notice will be given before its introduction so that licence holders have time to undertake the training before their licence expires.