A recent court case in Croydon has highlighted the need for all organisations, irrespective of size, to thoroughly background check the skills, qualifications, and experience of anyone applying for jobs. The Croydon case involved a woman who managed to secure a senior position within the NHS, after lying about both her academic background and work experience.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK in 2020, more of us have been working at home than ever. Many business experts are predicting that this shift to working more at home could be permanent, suggesting a hybrid model going forward with some days in the office and the rest at home. In several sectors, roles which were traditionally done in a clinic or educational setting are being carried out in private homes. A home-based position check is a little-known service offered by the Disclosure and Barring Service which allows people undertaking certain activities at home to access a full enhanced disclosure check.
Pre-Employment checks are becoming increasingly common in all sectors of employment. Employers will look at a range of factors, and checks will vary between organisations. For an entry-level position, employers may just carry out the basics of a Right to Work check, to make sure they aren’t employing anyone illegally. For senior positions in other organisations, the checks may be extensive and include credit checks, enhanced disclosure or DBS checks, formal reference checking and fact-checking of CVs. One of the most common checks carried out is a social media search – it’s free to look at someone’s social media profile and may give a good indication of their personality and what they get up to in their spare time.
A lot of the information which has been written about criminal records checking refers to the Disclosure and Barring Service, or DBS. This is the records checking body which covers England and Wales, but if you live in Northern Ireland of Scotland, you will be dealing with a separate body. This is mainly down to the different legal systems between the separate nations which make up the UK. There is often no direct comparison between offences in Scotland and England, for example, and the terminology used varies wildly too. You don’t have any choice over which body will do your check as your home address determines which body you will use for your check.
If there’s one thing which has changed since the pandemic, it’s the explosion in next-day services. Retailers can deliver almost anything to your door within 24 hours, if you’re prepared to pay for express delivery. So, it can come as a bit of shock when this option isn’t available. If you’re thinking about taking a new job which requires a DBS check, what are the options for getting your check quickly?
Football has been back in the news recently, with the publication of a review into the crowd disorder at the final of the Euro 2020 tournament, held in London in 2021. One of the most common responses for any club or national team caught up in poor behaviour by fans is to issue a football banning order, preventing people convicted of football-related offences from attending matches. A new proposal involves extending these banning orders to online abuse.
A bit like the driving test or GCSEs, you’ll often hear or see people discussing passing or failing a DBS check. This is probably one of the biggest myths about the whole DBS system, and it’s worth taking the time to understand exactly why this isn’t a pass or fail scenario, especially if you’re job hunting.
The statistics about the numbers of candidates found lying on their CV are shocking, with around 56% of CVs thought to contain lies or exaggerations. Employers are well aware of what’s going on, and so many will ask for extra checks on applicants, involving chasing up references or running social media checks. One of the easiest things to lie about is qualifications, as until recently it hasn’t been standard practice for employers to ask candidates to show A-level or degree certificates.
Although it’s often said that the British are world experts in queuing, the reality is that nobody likes being kept waiting. It’s bad enough waiting for a delayed train or a delivery from an online retailer, but when you are waiting for paperwork to arrive before you can start a new job, the frustration is even more intense. Police criminal records checks, also known as DBS checks or Disclosure Checks, are essential for many roles, and although employers will have their own policies, often they will refuse to let you start work without the certificate in your hand.
Disclosure and Barring Service checks, also known as criminal records, checks or disclosure checks, are taking longer than usual to come back at the moment, mainly due to ongoing pandemic delays. It can be frustrating to experience lengthy delays when you’re waiting to start a new job, and there’s nothing you can do about delays caused by DBS processes and procedures. There is however a lot you can do to ensure everything is in order before your form arrives at the DBS in order to eliminate delay caused by human error. But what are the most common mistakes people make when completing their disclosure forms?