Latest SIA campaign aims to address acts of violence against security staff

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has launched a campaign to promote safer workplaces for security staff. The #SaferWorkplaces campaign will encourage security operatives to report acts of violence against them. It’s also aimed at employers and venue managers to remind them of their role in ensuring the safety and well-being of their security staff.

Ed Bateman, director of partnerships and interventions at the SIA, said: “Too often, the burden of dealing with violence falls on the shoulders of individual security operatives. They take responsibility when a situation escalates and they pay the price, often through injury or trauma. Their employers, and the managers of the venues and events at which they work, should be working hard to address the causes of violence. In situations where violence does happen, all those responsible for security staff should be encouraging them to report it. It’s not ‘all in a day’s work’ for a security operative to return home injured.”

The #SaferWorkplaces campaign is running from 25 November until 6 December and will involve SIA regional staff visiting 25 towns and cities across the UK.

Kevin Young, who manages the SIA’s South East Region partnerships and interventions team, is leading the campaign. He explained: “Security companies and venues have a crucial part to play in reducing violence against their staff. They can do this by conducting proper risk assessments and taking practical measures to ensure a safer environment. For venue owners, there’s a clear benefit here. A safe and well-run venue is far more attractive to the public. It’s also crucial that anyone who employs or uses security operatives is supportive of their staff in the face of violence. This means encouraging them to report incidents of violence against them.”

The #SaferWorkplaces campaign, which is aimed at workers in the daytime economy, is a companion to the SIA’s #SaferNightsOut campaign. This ran in June and July and was intended to encourage door supervisors in the night-time economy to practice safer physical intervention and report violence against them.

Young continued: “We’re looking forward to meeting security staff across the country. We’re asking security companies, venues and operatives themselves to look out for our #SaferWorkplaces messages on social media. Please share our messages and be involved in the conversation. We all have a role to play in reducing and managing violence and its consequences.”

*The #SaferWorkplaces campaign page, which has resources for operatives, employers and venues, can be found on the SIA’s website here

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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