SIA serves reminder to private security industry over responsibilities under Equality Act 2010

Alan Clamp

Alan Clamp

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:

Working in the Private Security Industry: A Guide for Disabled People

Trans Customers: A Guide for Door Supervisors

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

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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