SIA releases proposed mandatory Code of Conduct draft and launches consultation

On Thursday, January 9th, the Security Industry Authority launched a consultation into the draft code of conduct that they are preparing which will affect all license holders and applicants moving forward. In order to ensure that they are able to build an encompassing code that has wide support in the industry, the SIA is inviting license holders and security industry stakeholders to voice their opinions by taking part in a consultation survey. You can find the survey here. This consultation will run for 6 weeks and end on February the 23rd.

The aim of the Code of Conduct is to raise standards and improve safety by setting out expectations for the behaviour of those trusted to protect the public. It also aims to help prospective license holders understand what will be expected of them should they choose to pursue a career in security.

The Code of Conduct is wide ranging but is underpinned by 6 core elements known as The Six Commitments. The draft builds on the Standards of Behaviour for Security Professionals that was put out by the SIA last year.

The Code of Conduct will be mandatory and compose part of the licensing criteria. The effect of this being that anyone who does not act in accordance with the code, risks having their license suspended or revoked. This addition to the criteria will still require Home Office approval.

“The draft code of conduct sets out the standards of behaviour which we believe are required of a licence holder, taking into account the challenges faced by security professionals. This draft is based on our years of licensing experience, refined by engagement with key individuals working in the industry. However, we need your input to develop a code of conduct that really works for licence holders, private security businesses, and us. It is therefore imperative that as many licensed security professionals as possible take part in this consultation; we want to hear from you”, says SIA Chief Exuctive, Ian Todd.

If you wish to participate in the survey, the SIA asks that you read the background information and download the the draft code of conduct before answering the survey.

The SIA will use the information provided to inform further amendments to the final version of the Code of Conduct which will be submitted for ministerial approval.

If you require a Welsh language or alternative version, you can request it by emailing