Keeping vulnerable people safe at Christmas: a seasonal safeguarding reminder for Door Supervisors

22 November 2017


Christmas is coming, and pubs and clubs will soon be full of Christmas get-togethers, office parties, and people celebrating the arrival of the holidays. It’s also a time when some people can find themselves in a dangerous situation, either inside a venue or out on the streets, and need extra protection. Door supervisors can make a big difference to the outcome of a night out by intervening to assist a vulnerable person in trouble, and helping them to make it home safe.

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

How can 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

What actions can be taken by a door supervisor to protect vulnerable people?

  • Call a 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

Can you recognise behaviours that could indicate potential sexual predators?

These often include:

  • A lone male seen pestering a customer or member of staff
  • A heavily intoxicated female leaving with a male
  • A regular attendee frequently leaving 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.
  • 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).