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Going abroad is no way out for criminals

by Brian Sims

The Centre for the Protection for National Infrastructure (CPNI) and Capita subsidiary Security Watchdog have this month published the latest edition of the Guide to Overseas Criminal Record Checks. The guide provides advice for employers on how to obtain criminal records disclosures on individuals in 63 countries – countries within the European Economic Area (EEA) and outside of the EEA. The new guidance will help employers decipher how they need to meet the ever-changing requirements of pre-employment screening legislation, and administer the right kind of background checking for the people they are recruiting into their businesses. In the course of pre-employment checks, a number of factors may, individually or in combination, raise concerns about the integrity or reliability of the applicant. The guide has been designed to make it easier for employers and employees – including prospective employees as part of the recruitment process, to understand what processes need to be undertaken for obtaining a criminal record check. Essentially it explains what documentation is required and how long each stage of the process takes. The emphasis is on the employee, as individual country processes are largely from the perspective of the individual obtaining their own criminal record check to a potential employer. A second report published in April by the CPNI and Security Watchdog offers employers essential advice on offshoring. Titled ‘Personnel Security in Offshore Centres’, it offers guidance on background checking in 14 countries worldwide, and includes those countries that are amongst the leading providers of offshoring and outsourcing services. Security Watchdog’s Director, Ewan Tweedie says,” It’s advisable to understand what the key laws or regulations that relate to job applications. There are a number of security screening measures that are available to employers planning to offshore services. These take into account legal, practical and cultural sensitivities for during the recruitment process of on an on-going basis. Our report, written in association with the CPNI will make it very clear to employers what’s exactly involved.”

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