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.”
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.