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SSAIB assesses first company to new British Standard for Investigative Services

The Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) recently completed an assessment of Probe Investigations (UK) Ltd in a pilot scheme that tested the company against the newly-published British Standard 102000: 2013 Code of Practice for the Provision of Investigative Services.

The Liverpool-based professional investigation firm achieved the requirements of the draft standard prior to its publication, and is the first such company that SSAIB has assessed against BS 102000:2013.

This new Code of Practice provides recommendations for the conduct, management, staffing and operational accountability around the provision of investigative services, and can be used by investigative services buyers/customers.

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presented Probe Investigations’ managing director Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators.

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presents Probe Investigations’ md Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators

SSAIB assessor Brian Nuttall presents Probe Investigations’ md Peter Farrington with a Certificate of Registration at a seminar hosted by the Association of British Investigators

Commenting on the company’s achievement, Farrington said: “The SSAIB is a specialist certification body and this successful assessment will only enhance Probe’s commitment to full compliance and commitment in the competitive investigations sector.”

The news follows on from the announcement (on 31 July this year) of the Government’s intentions to regulate private investigation activities, starting some time in 2014.

The new British Standard has been developed to help providers of investigative services demonstrate their accountability at a time when the Government is implementing the licensing of such services.

About the SSAIB

Founded in 1994 and based in Tyne & Wear, SSAIB is a leading certification body for organisations providing electronic security systems, security guarding services, fire protection, alarm and telecare services systems in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In addition to its product schemes, the SSAIB offers a range of management systems certification schemes (including ISO 9001 quality management systems certification and ISO 14001 environmental management systems certification).

Over 1,500 companies are now on the SSAIB’s register.

For further information visit: http://www.ssaib.org

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Security sector shows ‘confidence in disability’ as International Day of Disabled People is celebrated

Tuesday 3 December 2013 marks the annual International Day of Disabled People (IDDP), an awareness day which aims to promote the abilities of disabled people and strives for better inclusion of people with disabilities into communities across the world.

Sponsored by the United Nations since 1992, this year’s campaign is focused on building ‘disability confidence’. Beth Carruthers, director of employment services for Remploy – the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services and employment for disabled people – has explained the message behind this year’s campaign.

“The International Day of Disabled People is celebrated all over the world,” said Carruthers, “and is dedicated to promoting the abilities of disabled people. There couldn’t be a more appropriate time to spread the message about becoming ‘disability confident’.”

Carruthers added: “Equality in the workplace is good for disabled people and good for business. It’s also good for the country as a whole. If disabled peoples’ employment rate matched that of the rest of the population, an extra two million people would be in work.”

Disability Confidence Quiz

As part of this year’s awareness campaign, Remploy is actively encouraging employers to take part in their own ‘Disability Confidence Quiz’.

The online questionnaire is aimed at any employer wishing to build disability confidence amongt their staff group, whether it be a private sector, public sector or not-for-profit organisation.

Last year, a survey of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) members demonstrated that the security industry already places confidence in disability, with 62.3% of respondents revealing that their company currently employs someone who is disabled

Last year, a survey of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) members demonstrated that the security industry already places confidence in disability, with 62.3% of respondents revealing that their company currently employs someone who is disabled

The aim of the quiz is to identify gaps in knowledge and highlight the employment services Remploy can offer to suit specific needs. Those who take the quiz will also be entered into a prize draw entitling entrants to a 20% discount from Remploy’s leading disability guide.

To take the quiz, interested parties should visit this link: http://www.remploy.co.uk/news-and-media/international-day-of-disabled-people/iddp-quiz.ashx

Security sector: placing confidence in disability

Last year, a survey of British Security Industry Association (BSIA) members demonstrated that the security sector already places confidence in disability, with 62.3% of respondents revealing that their company currently employs someone who is disabled.

96.2% of those surveyed also believed that the management team of their organisation takes equality, diversity and inclusion very seriously in the way they behave and talk.

Despite this positive attitude towards disabilities, there are still some barriers to overcome. While members of the BSIA do believe there’s a wide range of opportunities within the industry for those with a disability, 70% of respondents felt that there isn’t enough awareness about such opportunities.

When asked what they believed the main challenge to be for disabled jobseekers, 41.5% thought that the access to suitable vacancies could be the leading obstacle, with 34% highlighting that there may be a lack of understanding of the roles available within the security industry.

Career opportunities in the security sector

The private security industry boasts a wide variety of career opportunities across an array of different sectors that can suit the needs of those with a disability.

To showcase the wide range of career paths available in the sector, the BSIA produced its very own careers guide, which was written in association with Remploy, JobCentrePlus, Bridging the Gap and Skills for Security.

To download the guide visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk/web_images/publications/148_careers_guide.pdf

To find out more about the BSIA visit: http://www.bsia.co.uk

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