The public will benefit from better trained door staff as new rules come into effect.
From today [04 Feb], door supervisors renewing their Security Industry Authority licence will need to have taken additional training and gained the Level 2 Award for Up-skilling Door Supervisors qualification.
The change means that door supervisors will need to complete training in physical intervention skills as well as demonstrating knowledge in areas of first aid, awareness of terrorist threats and considerations in dealing with children and young people.
SIA Competency Manager Tony Holyland explains: “Door staff are often the first people party-goers see on a night out to their local pub or club. As the night time economy has developed, the role of the door supervisor has changed. The additional mandatory skills will help door supervisors to handle situations, which can often involve resolving drink-fuelled disputes and escorting disorderly revellers off the premises.
“In highly-emotive situations, the door supervisor has to be able to protect the public and sometimes, him or herself from abuse. The new requirements will better equip door supervisors whilst they are on duty to do this in a safe manner.
“We would urge all door staff to make sure that they take the additional training before they renew their licence. Anyone supplying or employing door staff should ensure that they use our online Register of Licence Holders to ensure that their operative are properly trained and holds a valid SIA licence.”