Physical intervention training is to become mandatory for all door supervisors when they renew their SIA licence from February next year.
This training is already a compulsory part of the current nationally-recognised Award in Door Supervision introduced from June 2010. It is now to also become a requirement for those with the previous door supervision qualifications.
From 4 February 2013, all door supervisors with one of the older qualifications will need to pass the new 'Up-Skilling Door Supervisors' award before they are able to renew their SIA licence.
The award includes physical intervention skills training, awareness of terrorist threats, considerations in dealing with 14 to 18 year-olds and first aid awareness. 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.
Any individual who currently holds a door supervisor licence but does not carry out licensable activities in this sector can, after 4 February 2013, on renewal of their licence obtain instead a security guarding licence and will not have to take the additional training.
SIA director of transition Dianne Tranmer said:
"I encourage door supervisors who have the older qualifications to consider taking the new award as soon as they are able.
"Licence holders must have passed the training before they renew, so it is important that they allow sufficient time to complete it before their licence renewal date. Even if their licence is not due to be renewed for some time, completing the module now will ensure that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and techniques to perform their role."
The Early Bird Catches The Worm
It is important for anybody who is currently working in the Private Security Industry to ensure that they have gave themselves plenty of time to achieve this new qualification before it is to become mandatory in early 2013. This is due to the fact that it will be in very high demand during the passing months and the longer an individual leaves it to gain the new qualification the more difficult it may be to ensure it has been acheived before the deadline for renewing a badge. Failing to do so could prevent an individual from being able to renew their license which will prevent them from working altogether.
Employers have to work within the legal guidelines set by the SIA (Security Industry Authority) and without this new qualification it will be illegal for any employer to have a member of staff working for them without the latest qualification and badge.
Physical Intervention for the Private Security Industry
LO1. Understand physical interventions and the legal and professional implications of their use.
LO2. Understand how to reduce the risk of harm when physical intervention skills are used.
LO3. Be able to use non-pain related physical skills to protect yourself and others from assault.
LO4. Be able to use non-pain related standing holding and escorting techniques, including non-restrictive and restrictive skills.
LO5. Understand good practice to follow after physical interventions.
For further information regarding gaining the new HABC Level 2 Award for Upskilling Door Supervisors (QCF) please feel free to contact a member of staff. All our details can be found on the 'Contact Us' section on the website.
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