Today we’ll be taking a look at all the major background checking services in the UK. We’ll provide a summary of all the packages of checks you’re likely to encounter if you venture into the world of background screening services. Before we begin, we have separate articles that go into more detail on various different background checks and screening packages, including:
If you’d more in-depth information, feel free to consult these articles, or to ring our office on 01732 748900. We’re always happy to provide expert information.
Firstly, one of the most common package of checks you’re likely to encounter is the BPSS. This is the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, and it’s the basic level of clearance for all civil servants and government contractors. Because it’s a fairly comprehensive check, it’s also become somewhat of an industry standard even amongst private companies. It comprises of:
Secondly, another of the most common background screening services carried out in the UK: the BS:7858, or the British Standard. This is a requirement for companies whose employees work in a secure environment. It’s regulated by the British Standards Institution (BSI), who publish more information about it here. The basics of the check are:
Thirdly, potentially the most complex of the common background screening services you are likely to encounter. They are used to satisfy the Financial Conduct Authority’s “fit and proper” requirement. As the FCA’s purpose is to make sure financial markets run fairly, they regular over 60,000 organisation. Due to not being a fixed standard, the requirements vary from organisation to organisation. As such, we recommend you contact someone who can advise you on the most appropriate package of checks for your company. Credence has a long history of providing these checks and can provide any necessary assistance. However, the requirements are:
A package can of checks can be put together to fulfil this requirement.
If you’re searching for background screening services when hiring for a senior position, this is probably where you’ll end up. The checks help minimise the risk to your company. For example, imagine making a directorship appointment only to find out that Companies House disqualifies them. Not only will this have been a huge waste of time, but it could also seriously impact the reputation of your company. Furthermore, it’s useful for assessing potential business partners, as well as for credit agencies when making a lending decision.
Click to see a sample of the directorship section of one of Credence’s final reports. This will usually be part of a wider package of checks that we include in the report. You can see that the candidate has no negative information against them. They are not disqualified, and the dates of their previous director post are visible, as well as the company name and number. However, this particular sample is for a UK check, so the information comes from Companies House.
Finally, the last of the common background screening services we’ll cover in this post looks at media. Recently, companies are increasingly requesting social media screening as a part of their new employee checks.
Adverse/Negative Media Our negative media searches, look into sources of subscribed database fed by millions of worldwide news articles which, includes licensed publications, websites, blogs, images and videos etc. If there are many hits, we will input the candidate’s name and then a list of search strings (words such as banned, fraud, drugs, arrested, prison, fines, court, jury etc. etc.), so the search will pick up all articles with the candidate’s name and any of the words mentioned in the search strings.
Social Media Review The social media searches involve accessing the candidate’s social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to look for and report on any adverse views, comments and photos. We would specifically look for anything to do with drugs, racism, extreme political views, violence, sexism and also specific searches about our client’s business and anything else that could bring their organisation into disrepute.
Full Internet Search The internet search would be a full search on the internet to find anything that your employee has written or has been linked to that may be of interest to you. We would look at published press articles, websites, blogs, forums etc. and report all of our findings in one report, highlighting any main points of interest.