BS7858 Security Vetting

BS7858 is the standard for pre-employment screening in the UK security industry. The latest version was released in 2019, so you’ll often see it written as BS7858:2019.

The BS7858:2019 replaces the original BS7858:2012 and you can discover what’s changed by clicking here.

The BS7858 standard is applicable to individuals and personnel that work in legislated/security-related roles. You may also need to run a BS7858 check on staff if you have an external standard used within your organisation, for example ISO27001, or if your staff may have access to sensitive information.

While not required for an SIA licence, a BS7858 would be considered best practice for onboarding new employees.

Employees that may need a BS7858 include security guards, CCTV operators, alarm installers, secure shredding operatives and ancillary staff who may have access to sensitive information.

Set by the British Standards Institute, the checks are seen as the very minimum required to protect members of the public.

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Vetting checks required to comply with BS7858:2019

To comply with the Security Screening British Standard BS7858:2019 the following checks are required:

Proof of Identity
Proof of Address
Right to Work
5-year credit and financial check (find out more about our financial checks) with address history verification
5-year career references (10 years are available on request)
All career gaps over 31 days must be covered by evidence documents, covering the beginning, middle, and end of each gap
Verification of SIA Licence and/or a criminal record check where the candidate does not need an SIA Licence e.g. alarm engineer or secure shredding operative

As you can see the requirements are comprehensive and designed to give both members of the public and the employer confidence in the suitability of the candidate to become a security operative.

The BS7858 requires a lot of personal information to be collected, processed and stored. From a GDPR and data protection standpoint, this can be challenging for a non-specialist operator.

This is where Checkback’s Vetting Solutions Centre comes in.

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We provide the fastest and most cost-effective BS7858 vetting.
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If you have a vetting backlog, we will streamline that through our system to deliver fully compliant checks.


Choose Checkback’s Vetting Solutions Centre for service, speed and security

Outsourcing the checks required to comply with BS7858 means that you can count on compliance, accountability and professional delivery.

Our service levels are outstanding and our fully trained and experienced staff can also advise you on the best way to manage your background checking process.

Our service gives you;
A more cost-effective solution than carrying out background checks in-house
A consistent and auditable process ensuring compliance with BS7858:2019
Fast turnaround
Application via a totally secure online application form
Fast delivery of a professional electronic screening report for the employee HR file

At Checkback’s Vetting Solutions Centre, we use the latest technology to provide you with fast, accurate screening services to support your hiring processes. Costs are highly competitive and we can have you up and running within hours.

When vetting is complete, we provide you with a quality candidate report that meets the requirements of the SIA and other industry bodies. Our electronic candidate report contains everything you need to satisfy your auditors and the Approved Contractor Scheme.

The process is completed using our proprietary vetting system that we’ve built from the ground up to deliver a secure environment that is 100% compliant with GDPR and data protection requirements.

You don’t even have to get involved in this lengthy process. Simply give us the name and email address of your candidate and we’ll do the rest.

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