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HR managers guide to DBS checks

The HR managers’ guide to DBS checks

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks can be a very useful tool in the recruitment process and for some industries, they are a regulated requirement so understanding the benefits (and of course the rules) is important for any HR manager. In this post, we’re looking at what DBS checks are, when they should be used…
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HR manager discussing DBS refresh

How often do employers need to refresh DBS checks?

Many employers use Disclosure and Barring Service checks as part of their recruitment risk reduction process but it is a little known fact that they are good only for the day they are done. For example, if you carry out a basic check today on one of your employees and they are convicted of an…
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UK Jobs market tightens as COVID recovery gathers pace

As the UK emerges from a series of COVID lockdowns, it has been surprising to see that the predicted rise in unemployment hasn’t yet appeared. Contrary to many analysts’ predictions, employers are now reporting skills shortages with difficulties recruiting and retaining good quality staff. So what can employers do if they need to expand their…
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Charity DBS checks

What do charities need to know about DBS checks?

DBS checks can often seem like overkill for the third sector, but it’s not a thing that you should take lightly or ignore and hope that it will go away. Whilst there is no legal requirement for every charity to check every person, many are required to by law and others may choose to do…
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CAN I GET AN ENHANCED DBS CHECK FOR MYSELF?

Can I get an enchanced DBS check for myself?

Good question but No you can’t ask get an enhanced dbs check done on yourself? Only organisations and licensing bodies can apply for a dbs check, You can of course as an individual apply for a basic disclosure. If you work for yourself, are self employed and need to get an enhanced DBS check done…
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Working at a desk during covid

How COVID has changed recruitment and background checks

COVID has been a difficult time for most companies and here at Checkback, we’re no exception. As well as coping with the closing of our offices and move to remote working we have also had some significant shifts in recruitment activity and vetting with our many customers. In this post, we wanted to give you…
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social media checks

Is doing a social media check on employees a good idea?

It seems like Social Media is everywhere at the moment and it is a rare employer indeed who hasn’t wondered whether they should be doing social media checks as part of their pre employment screening on their new employees but is this a good idea? In this post, we’re looking at the whole issue of…
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An adverse SMCR Screening? What should you do?

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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BSI 7858 2019 changes

BS7858:2019 what has changed from the 2012 standard

BS7858:2019 – changes to the standard BS7858 was last updated in 2012. This year the British Standards Institution has 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…
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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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