Northumbria door staff training rolled out across UK

By Ellie Bothwell

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Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird with door supervisor Chris Woodcock
Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird with door supervisor Chris Woodcock
A Northumbria training scheme for door staff is being rolled out across the UK after helping locals get home safely, the county’s police and crime commissioner Vera Baird has announced.

More than 100,000 door staff outside clubs and bars across the country will take part in specialised Security Industry Authority (SIA) training, as part of an initiative to ensure they can identify vulnerable people and know what steps to take to help protect them.
The training was developed as result of a partnership between Baird, Northumbria Police, Safe Newcastle and Phoenix Security in May, and has already helped drinkers in the county get home safely. It trains door staff on the safest way of helping people and helps police officers tackle with thriving night-time crowds.

Those trained will assess “triggers” of vulnerability, including the amount of alcohol someone has consumed, their age and whether they are on their own or have lost contact with their friends. The surrounding environment and weather conditions will also be considered.

Baird, who discussed the national roll-out with the Home Secretary and the SIA, said: “I am delighted this is now a compulsory part of the SIA approved door staff training nationwide.
“We need to be doing everything we can to protect vulnerable people. It’s really important for people to be able to go out and socialise and know they are in a safe environment.
“This kind of partnership was the first of its kind in Northumbria and has proved to be a leading example of what can be achieved when agencies work together on key issues. I’m really proud of this work and what we have achieved so far.”

She added that the partnership did not end with this training and under Operation Safehaven she will continue to implement enhanced services and joint working to ensure the safety of all vulnerable people.
SIA competency manager Tony Holyland said: “Teaching door supervisors to be aware and to deal with vulnerable revellers is a welcomed addition to their training.  It is encouraging to see that the authorities are placing more trust in the hands of door supervisors to ensure the protection of the public.”

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