Safeguarding vulnerable people

03 August 2016

We want to reinforce some of the key messages from the door supervisor training and emphasise the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people in the night time economy.

The following content is required to be covered as part of the door supervision qualification.

Understand how a door supervisor can help to keep vulnerable people safe.

Recognise the risks to vulnerable people being ejected from, or refused entry to a venue:

  • Being under the influence of drink or drugs 
  • Being assaulted 
  • Being alone
  • Receiving unwanted attention
  • Domestic violence
  • Being too young to look after themselves
  • Becoming the target of a sexual predator

Identify actions that can be taken by a door supervisor to protect vulnerable people:

  • Call friend or relative to assist them
  • Call a licensed taxi to take them home
  • Use a ‘safe haven’
  • Ask street pastors or street marshals to assist
  • Call the police

Recognise behaviours that could indicate potential sexual predators. Behaviours often include:

  • A lone male seen pestering a customer or member of staff
  • Heavily intoxicated female leaving with a male
  • Regular attendee leaving often with different intoxicated females
  • Finding a date-rape type drug on a person during a search

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.

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