The new content will be incorporated into the current mandatory SIA developed training modules for door supervisors from 1 November 2013.
The training will cover:
- Identifying vulnerable people.
- Understanding the risks to vulnerable people being ejected from, or refused entry to, a venue, and what actions can be taken to protect them.
- Identifying the behaviour of sexual predators.
- Identifying and knowing how to report indicators of child sexual exploitation.
The additional course material will ensure door supervisors can identify vulnerable people and know what steps to take to help protect them.
Those trained will assess triggers of vulnerability, these include: the amount of alcohol someone has consumed, their age, whether they are on their own or have lost contact with their friends, the surrounding environment and weather conditions.
The training has been developed as a result of a partnership between the SIA, Northumbria Police, Safe Newcastle and Phoenix Security.
Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, Vera Baird, said:
“I am delighted this is now a compulsory part of the SIA approved door supervisor training nationwide.
“We need to be doing everything we can to protect vulnerable people. It’s really important for people to be able to go out and socialise and know they are in a safe environment.
“This kind of partnership is the first of its kind in Northumbria and has proven to be a leading example of what can be achieved when agencies work together on key issues. I’m really proud of this work and what we have achieved so far.”
SIA Competency Manager Tony Holyland said:
“The SIA is pleased to be working alongside Northumbria Police and the Home Office to help protect those who enjoy the night-time economy.
“Teaching door supervisors to be aware and to deal with vulnerable revellers is a welcomed addition to their training. It is encouraging to see that the authorities are placing more trust in the hands of door supervisors to ensure the protection of the public.”