SIA calls for end user responses to “fundamental” Approved Contractor Scheme Review

As reported in Risk UK’s July edition and on the journal’s website, the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is currently in the process of undertaking a ‘fundamental’ review of its Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) to ensure the ACS remains relevant and reflects both new thinking and Best Practice.

The Regulator welcomes the views of buyers of security services, ACS assessing bodies and security industry stakeholders (eg enforcement partners, trade, professional and employer representative bodies). As a stakeholder or buyer of security, this is an excellent opportunity for practising security and risk management professionals to help shape the future of the ACS scheme and drive improvements across the private security industry in general. 

This is a once-in-a-decade review of the ACS. The survey will close on Wednesday 19 July 2017. Readers of Risk UK are urged to click on the following link and complete the survey:

The SIA is working in partnership with Pye Tait Consulting to undertake the ACS Review.

In addition, a number of discussion groups are running in Edinburgh (26 July), Belfast (1 August), Leeds (4 August) and London (3 and 9 August). These are open to buyers of private security, private security contractors, assessing bodies/assessors, trade bodies, regulatory partners and stakeholders. Interested parties should contact Dr Joanne Harvatt (research manager at Pye Tait Consulting) on (telephone) 01423 509433 for further details.

About the Author
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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