February 2016 work-based learning and colleges update: Security sector

12 February 2016

An update on the current review of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and some changes to the SIA licence application process in Northern Ireland.

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Security Industry Authority (SIA) review

SIA is currently undergoing a review as part of the government’s commitment to regular and rigorous reviews of the function and form of public bodies.

The review is being carried out on behalf of the Secretary of State by a senior Home Office official who is independent of both the SIA and their sponsorship unit in the Home Office.

All private security industry stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute to the review and shape the way the SIA regulate in the future by completing an online survey. This is an important stage for the development of the private security industry as the sector moves from regulatory compliance to a commitment to improving standards and protecting the public.

The sector continues to face challenges from serious and organised crime, as well the challenges presented by poor practice in some areas. Business licensing and the regulation of Private Investigations continue to be of particular interest in the sector, and the SIA would welcome your thoughts on these important issues.

The deadline for responses is 12 p.m. on 18 February 2016.

Complete the online survey

Changes to Access Northern Ireland (AccessNI)

From Thursday 1 October 2015, all SIA licence applicants who are resident or have previously lived in Northern Ireland will need to request a criminal record check directly from Access Northern Ireland (AccessNI). This follows changes to AccessNI’s processes.

To request a criminal record disclosure, you will need to register and complete an application through AccessNI’s online account. We will write to you informing you when you need to do this and provide you with a link to the online account. Please ensure you fill in your full name (including any middle names) and you only apply for a standard disclosure. Failure to do these may lead to a delay in your licence application.

AccessNI will provide you with your criminal record check and also send a copy to us.

This process applies to anyone who currently lives, or has lived in, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland in the last 5 years.

Find out about AccessNI on the NIDirect website

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