Review of the SIA

11 January 2016


All non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), like the SIA, are subject to periodic substantive reviews (known until recently as Triennial Reviews).

The review of the SIA begins on 11 January and is being undertaken as part of the Government's commitment to regular and rigorous reviews of the function and form of public bodies, to improve transparency, accountability and to maximise value for money for the taxpayer.

In the case of the SIA, the review will be carried out on behalf of the Secretary of State by a senior Home Office official who is independent of both the SIA and its sponsorship unit in the Home Office.

All private security industry stakeholders are encouraged to contribute to the review process by completing an online survey.

The call for evidence is open to all interested parties but in particular those with a direct interest in the work of the SIA including employers and employees, local authorities, police forces, other Government departments, the devolved administrations and professional bodies.

SIA Chief Executive Alan Clamp said:

"The purpose of the review is to identify what we do well, what changes might be required and areas where we could be more effective and efficient.

"This is why we encourage everyone who is involved in the private security industry, at whatever level, to complete the call for evidence.

"This is your industry and this is an opportunity for you to have a say on how the SIA carries out its regulatory duties."

The online survey is available on the Home Office website.

The deadline for responses is 12:00 pm, 18 February 2016.

Further information:

  • The Security Industry Authority is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the United Kingdom, reporting to the Home Secretary under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001. The SIA's main duties are: the compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities; and managing the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme.
  • Comments made in response to the call for evidence will be considered by the review team and will inform the final report to Home Office ministers. The report will be laid in the libraries of the Houses of Parliament and published on the GOV.UK website in late spring 2016.
  • A new section on the SIA website has been created entitled 'Review of the SIA' that contains further information on the scope of the review. It also includes a new publication 'SIA Annual Review 2014-15: Improving Standards and Protecting the Public'.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk. The SIA is also on Facebook- this link opens in a new window (Security Industry Authority) and Twitter- this link opens in a new window (SIAuk).