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Security Industry Authority (SIA)

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) is the organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry in the UK.

The Security Industry Authority is an independent organisation responsible for regulating the private security industry. Reporting to the Home Secretary, under the terms of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, their mission is to regulate the private security industry effectively; to reduce criminality, raise standards and recognise quality service in the United Kingdom.

The SIA manages compulsory licensing of individuals undertaking designated activities within the private security industry and the voluntary Approved Contractor Scheme, which measures private security suppliers against independently assessed criteria.

SIA licensing covers manned guarding (including security guarding, door supervision, close protection, cash and valuables in transit, and public space surveillance using CCTV), key holding and vehicle immobilising. Licensing ensures that private security operatives are ‘fit and proper’ persons who are properly trained and qualified to do their job. IQ's security licence to practice qualifications are endorsed by the SIA.

The Approved Contractor Scheme introduced a set of operational and performance standards for suppliers of private security services. Those organisations that meet these standards are awarded Approved Contractor status. This accreditation provides purchasers of private security services with independent proof of a contractor's commitment to quality.

Skills for Justice

Skills for Justice are the Sector Skills Council for Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services.

Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council covering employers, employees and volunteers working in the Justice, Community Safety, Legal Services sectors plus the Local Government and Civil Service sectors (for those occupations not explicitly covered by other Sector Skill Councils).

Specifically, they cover the Armed Services, Children's Workforce, Community Justice Courts, Tribunals and Prosecutions, Custodial Care, Fire & Rescue.

Additionally they conduct innovative research that provides users with a comprehensive analysis of employers and the workforce covered by Skills for Justice's footprint. This then enables them to identify workforce development needs, support employer ambitions and influence key policy makers.

Skills for Security

Skills for Security is the Sector Skills Body for the private security industry and is a not-for-profit organisation.

Skills for Security has established communication channels with UK Government ministers, departments and the devolved assemblies as well as with theindustry regulator (SIA) and the various agencies involved in the administrations of qualifications, funding and skills development in order to act as a voice for the sector.

It works closely with the police and intelligence agencies in a number of areas of mutual interest in order to foster greater understanding, trust and co-operation within the extended security and policing family, and to align skills and standards. This relationship has resulted in Skills for Security becoming a key partner in initiatives such as Project Griffin and Argus, and security planning for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.