The Security Industry Authority (SIA) has issued a timely reminder to the private security industry about the need for treating everyone with dignity and respect as set out in the Equality Act 2010. This advice follows on from reports in the mainstream media of people being denied entry or ejected from venues operating in the night-time economy based on their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability.
Alan Clamp, CEO of the SIA, said: “We want to remind the industry that there’s a legal responsibility on the providers of private security services to ensure that they comply with the Equality Act 2010. This is true for their own recruitment purposes and for when they are interacting directly with members of the public.”
The Equality Act 2010 places a duty on all individuals and businesses not to unlawfully discriminate against people on the basis of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender reassignment.
As the Regulator of the UK’s private security industry, the SIA will do what it can to help the industry in meeting these obligations. It will be issuing guidance (as and when it’s ready) to address particular aspects of equality.
The first piece of guidance is for people with disabilities working within the private security industry. Disabled individuals are under-represented in the industry, and this guide provides more information on the opportunities available to them.
Guidance has also been created for door supervisors to ensure that trans customers have a safe and enjoyable time when they’re out and about. This is intended to help security staff in providing a fair and safe environment that’s free from discrimination and prejudice.
Access these links to view the publications on the SIA’s website:
The Equality Act 2010 is a piece of legislation that pulls together numerous anti-discrimination acts and regulations. For further information see https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/15/contents and related links