Criminality checking for pharmaceutical workers

Pharmaceuticals is a highly competitive industry, with staff having access to sensitive and confidential information, the latest research, as well as potentially dangerous medication. Therefore, it is imperative that all candidates are subject to a full criminal records check to ensure that the right hiring decisions are made.

Criminality checking for social workers

With 100,000 registered social workers in the UK who have access to children and vulnerable people, it is a legal obligation that all those working in social services have a full criminal background check to meet safeguarding requirements and ensure the ongoing safety of vulnerable people accessing social services.

Social Media Screening - How much do you know?

As the use of social media vetting continues to sweep through the pre-employment screening industry, it is beginning to feel like the entire world is snooping through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even LinkedIn looking for the slightest hint of wrongdoing to help narrow down their short list of candidates.

Criminality checking for sports and leisure workers

With the UK sport industry worth around £23 billion and being responsible for nearly a million jobs, it is imperative that those working, volunteering or representing the industry can be trusted to create a fun, educational and safe environment for all those involved.

Criminality checking for the logistics industry

With the popularity of online shopping at an all-time high, the number of delivery drivers on the road just keeps rising. Organisations looking to hire new logistics staff need to be vigilant to avoid making bad hiring decisions which could have an adverse effect on their business.

Online Vulnerability Assessments explained

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New UK Data Protection Act launched before GDPR

On the 23rd May 2018, the long-awaited replacement to the United Kingdom’s data protection legislation received Royal Assent and completed its journey through Parliament.  The Data Protection Act 2018 as it is now known, will be formally implemented on the 25th May 2018 – coinciding with the Europe-wide implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Criminality checking for the legal industry

Working in the legal industry is a position of trust and employers must ensure that prospective candidates are reliable and honest. There are also stringent regulations surrounding certain positions which means that criminality checking is not only recommended, it is a legal requirement.

The Criminal Records Trade Body launch

Security Watchdog is pleased to announce the launch of the Criminal Records Trade Body (CRTB).

This group, founded by Security Watchdog and other industry leaders, will form a committee within the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) the 880-member strong organisation dedicated to the promotion of ethics and performance standards across the screening industry.

Criminal background checks for those working in the education sector

Criminality checking for those working in the educational sector is crucial to ensure the safety of children and staff. According to, some 3450 of the 280,000 teachers and teaching assistants who applied for a DBS check during the year 2015/2016 were found to have convictions which may affect their ability to safely work around children. And recent news stories have reiterated the need for extensive screening when employing those who will be around the vulnerable.

Criminal background checks for contractors

With 4.75 million self-employed in the UK, contractors make up a huge portion of the UK’s workforce. But while HR departments usually go to great lengths to check the backgrounds of permanent hires, contractors often slip through the net, leaving clients, employees and businesses vulnerable to unsuitable and potentially unsafe workers.