Public consultation on physical intervention and door supervision

27 September 2016

We have started a new public consultation that seeks to resolve important questions affecting people with disabilities within the security sector.

We are running the consultation on two aspects of physical intervention in door supervision. Firstly, how having a disability might affect a person’s ability to be a door supervisor. Should we assess a door supervisor’s ability to physically intervene, and if so, how should that ability be assessed? Secondly, the consultation asks for views on introducing physical intervention training for Close Protection licence holders if they work as Door Supervisors.

Alan Clamp, our Chief Executive, said:

“We are very keen on getting the views of people with disabilities and organisations representing the disabled, as well as those of other people working within the industry. We want to promote equality of opportunity for people with disabilities, and a greater diversity among security operatives, whilst ensuring that door supervisors can protect the public and themselves. The responses to this consultation will help us set the training requirements for door supervisor licences appropriately, and I welcome this opportunity for us to engage with public opinion in such a visible way.”

We require door supervisors to have undergone physical intervention training. This training covers such things as how to escort someone out of premises and disengagement in a violent situation. This requirement was brought in to ensure that door supervisors have the knowledge and skills to protect members of the public, their colleagues and themselves from violence and other dangerous situations. 

Currently, the requirement to complete physical intervention training only applies to Door Supervisor licence holders. Our licence integration arrangements allows Close Protection licence holders to work as door supervisors without having to complete this training. We will be extending this requirement to Close Protection licence holders if they work as Door Supervisors, as they are concerned that this disparity in training requirements may present a risk to public safety.

We want to hear from the private security industry, in particular the views of people with disabilities and holders of Door Supervisor and Close Protection licences.

The consultation will run between Tuesday 27 September and Tuesday 20 December.  Read our instructions on how to respond to the consultation here:

Get Involved

We have also hired an independent consultancy to run a workshop for people with disabilities and disabled people’s organisations to facilitate discussion on disability and door supervision. To get involved in one of these workshops, please contact

For further information on this consultation please contact

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.
  • For further information about the Security Industry Authority or to sign up for email updates visit 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).