The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) is the national authority for protective security advice to the UK national infrastructure. Accountable to the Director General of MI5, the fundamental role of the CPNI is to protect national security by helping to reduce the vulnerability of the national infrastructure to terrorism and other threats.
In 2013 the CPNI identified a need for a central knowledge hub that could be made available to businesses employing workers in international territories, providing practical, specific guidance on the working practices, cultures and applicable legislation that affect each country when applying for a criminal record check or equivalent.
The Advisory Bureau, the consultancy arm of Security Watchdog, was engaged by the CPNI to complete this project, and went on to compile information about sixty-three countries across the globe, both within the EEA and further afield. This information was obtained through their specialist teams direct contact with embassies, international governments and through diligent research using several languages, and used to create a secure, easy to navigate document that could be updated when required.
This document is still in use today and, following an extensive update in 2018 that included the addition of the United Arab Emirates, is currently available on the CPNI website for those in need of such a resource.
This project was conceptualised, researched and produced entirely by The Advisory Bureau within the time and budget guidelines required, and with additional documents supplied to the CPNI in the form of a dedicated Security Personnel Guide and quick guidance material.
The contents of the main document:
Information on the specific criminal record check relevant to each country, including where and how to apply both in-country and from the UK if possible.
The costs and turnaround times of applications.
The information that is provided to the applicant.
An outline of labour laws that are enforced in each country.
Example images of documents used by each country, enabling employers to visually check that presented documents are genuine.