The truth about BILD Accreditation, ICM Accreditation, and Security Industry Training.
In March 2015, the BBC reported widespread fraud and malpractice in the security training industry involving bogus BTEC qualifications in restraint. Schools and residential care homes have been receiving unsolicited letters and emails from some of these companies as part of a negative marketing campaign based on misinformation and scaremongering.
At the same time, there has been confusion about the status of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) accreditation scheme, as it is no longer recommended in departmental guidance. Team-Teach, one of the largest training providers, has decided to withdraw support from the BILD scheme, having been jointly accredited by both BILD and ICM.
The DH and DfE have made clear that the government does not recommend any particular accreditation scheme, training method or training provider. (DfE Response to NSEND Forum Request for Clarification, 2015) Employers must conduct due diligence to ensure that any training they purchase is appropriate for their own service setting.