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What should we do with SMCR adverse screenings?

When performing and FCA check the majority of pre-employment screenings come back absolutely fine but if you are an FCA regulated firm and one of your candidates for an SMCR controlled post has an adverse finding then what do you do? The FCA has produced guidance for managers and employers regarding this issue and so…
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BS7858:2019 what has changed from the 2012 standard

BS7858:2019 BS7858 was last updated in 2012. This year the British Standards Institutions have released a new edition BS7858:2019.  This has brought the standard up to date and features a number of changes. We believe this is the absolute minimum you should be looking for from your background screening company and to give you an…
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What are the five elements of a BPSS?

If you are a busy HR professional who has taken over responsibility for ensuring BPSS clearance for a potential employee who has to provide information for a BPSS check you may be wondering what they include. We’ve written this post to identify the five key elements and give you a little bit of information around…
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Is BPSS suitable for private sector companies?

The Baseline Personnel Security Standard or BPSS is the government standard background check for civil servants, armed forces and contractors. As such you may well feel that it has little of relevance for the private sector but you may be surprised at how useful and relevant it really is. What is a BPSS? The BPSS…
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Is BPSS the same as DBS

SoThe short answer is that a DBS is not the same as a BPSS. A BPSS may include a DBS as it can form a part of the verification procedure. When you apply for a job it is possible you may be asked to complete either a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or a Baseline…
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BS7858 ‘Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment

BS7858 Security Vetting BS7858 is the UK standard for vetting of people employed in the security sector. It is set by the British Standards Institution. It was recently updated in 2019. In the UK over the past 10 years there has been much movement in the area of background checks .BS7858 screening is being introduced to ensure…
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What is a Background Check ?

So what is a background check ? There are many reasons why somebody might want to do a background check but we are focusing here on background checks for employment.  The answer to the question  what is a background check is the same for all employers but the answer to the follow on question  what is checked in…
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The Checkback GDPR questionnaire

Welcome to the latest in our series of articles on GDPR. In this installment we’re introducing you to our GDPR questionnaire, a handy excel sheet that will give you a guide to whether you need to take action on your data to avoid falling foul of the new regulations. You can download the sheet here…
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Employee Background Check UK

Employment background checks uk Why a UK background check is a key part of the hiring process.   Employee background checks in the UK are very common. Pre employment screening of potential employees is critical. This is to ensure you have a full and accurate view of who you are hiring. Employees are a major…
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GDPR – What you need to know.

There’s been a lot of noise around the subject of GDPR and it’s certainly true that for some businesses it will cause a fair amount of disruption but for the majority of firms it really doesn’t have to be the trauma that some are describing. Here at Checkback International we provide pre-employment background checks and…
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