What is screening about?
Employing individuals in your business introduces an element of risk. By screening potential employees you can minimise the risk by identifying individuals who may take advantage of the employment for their own personal gain.
There is an established best practice procedure "British Standard 7858:2012 Security screening of individuals employed in a security environment - Code of practice" published by the British Standards Institution and which is used by many businesses as part of their recruitment procedures.
Where does a company start?
You can either have the screening done in-house by your HR department / person or you can choose to out source the procedure to a specialist external company. Where the screening is done in-house, it may be necessary or more cost effective to out source certain tasks.
BS 7858 requires that the persons conducting the screening have received suitable training. IPSA can assist as we run regular courses (click here for details) or can provide training at your premises.
There are various advantages of outsourcing screening for both small and large businesses, e.g. controlling costs, maintaining trained staff, ensuring compliance, meeting deadlines and concentrating on your core business. It is essential when selecting a screening provider that you can be certain that they are fully compliant with the required standard.
Listed below are IPSA member companies which provide screening and details of services provided:
Staffvetting.com is one of the UK’s leading background screening company’s, an accredited provider of vetting (pre-employment screening) and corporate due diligence investigation services to the public, private and third sector. We have been delivering these services since 2002 and have built up a reputation for excellence and outstanding customer service. Staffvetting.com is NSI Gold accredited, member of the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and NQA 3000 accredited for Vetting and Risk Management services.
Staffvetting.com's BS 7858:2012 screening consists of
- 5 year written* employment verification;
- Criminality Check‡
- ID Verification (Passport or Driving License or Visa etc.);
- Right to Work Assistance;
- Character reference checks;
- 6 Year Credit Search (Consumer Information Check)
- County Court Judgment Search;
- Insolvency Search;
- Bankruptcy Search;
- Voters' Roll Check;
- Aliases Check;
- IPSA Certificate.
‡ Where an individual is employed in a position that is likely to bring them into contact with children or vulnerable adults, e.g. working in an occupied hospital or school, a higher level of disclosure might be necessary, additional costs may apply.
*Written verification means that we obtain written evidence from each employer listed on the applicant's employment history record and confirm all periods with no gaps.
Staffvetting.com also offer a "BS 7858:2012 screening for SIA licence holders" service which saves you money as it complies with clause 4.7 j) 1) which removes the requirement for a Criminality Check for SIA licence holders.
Staffvetting.com offer discounted rates to IPSA members:
Pre-employment and Background Checks for IPSA Members
IPSA have negotiated with Staffvetting.com to provide IPSA Member Companies and IPSA Members discounted prices for Security Screening services. These prices have been discounted by approx 20% as a benefit for IPSA members.
Basic CRB each applicant £37.00 (normal selling price £45.00)
Standard CRB each applicant £40.00 (normal selling price £55.00)
Enhanced CRB each applicant £57.00 (normal selling price £75.00)
BS7858 SIA license holders each applicant £79.00 (normal selling price £110.00)
BS7858:2012 each applicant £115.00 each (normal selling price £150.00)
Additional services are available from Staffvetting.com, including fast checks, credit searches, credit ratings, driving license checks, directorships and international checks. Prices are correct at 2 May 2013 and exclude VAT.
Ring 08450 217634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Click Here
For the following prices to apply please quote your organisation name and IPSA Membership Number.