Individual Licensing

 All Door Supervisors must be SIA licensed, this is a legal requirement that came into force in 2004/2005 replacing the local council licensing schemes for door supervisors. The government wanted to clean up the 'bouncer' image and to ensure those with relevant criminal records were no longer eligible to work in security.

Regular checks are carried out by police, authorised council officials and SIA inspectors to ensure door security have correct Front-line door supervisor licenses. These must be on show at all times whilst on duty. If personnel don’t have them this could result in a hefty fine or even a custodial sentence.  This could also have repercussions on the licensed premises in which they work. This legislation covers all types of licensed entertainment.

ALL Touchwood Security personnel hold a valid SIA license and wear them at ALL times whilst on duty.


Business Licensing

 The Home Office is continuing to work with the security industry and the Security Industry Authority on the development of regulation for the private security industry.

In December 2014, the Home Office said the Government expects the introduction of the statutory licensing of private security businesses to come into force as soon as possible during the next Parliamentary session, which starts in May 2015.

Business licensing is subject to Ministerial and Parliamentary approval and the approval of Ministers in the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Scottish Government and Department of Justice for Northern Ireland have indicated that they are supportive of a consistent, UK-wide regulatory regime.

We will provide information on likely timings once these are agreed with the Home Office.

Touchwood Security is currently working towards gaining their SIA Business License


Approved Contractor Scheme

The Private Security Industry Act 2001 requires the SIA to establish a "system of inspection for providers of security services, under which those organisations who satisfactorily meet the agreed standards may be registered as approved, and may advertise themselves as such".

The objective of the SIA's Approved Contractor scheme is to raise performance standards and to assist the private security industry in developing new opportunities. The scheme is voluntary and was developed in consultation with representatives from across the industry; it only covers those parts of the industry that are regulated by the SIA and the Private Security Industry Act 2001 (as amended). There is a single scheme, with sector-specific approval based on a relevant set of qualifying criteria.

It is an offence for a company to claim it is an approved contractor when it is not; this includes indirectly claiming to be an approved contractor by displaying the ACS accreditation mark. The penalty is a fine of up to £5,000.

Touchwood Security are working towards becoming an Approved Contractor

For further information visit the SIA website

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