Security screening, security vetting or background checks…

You may have come across these terms when recruiting, applying for a job or getting your business accredited but do you know what these terms actually mean and whether or not it is just a different way of saying the same thing?
      As an expert in the industry, Security & Vetting Solutions can tell you that, typically, security screening or security vetting are referred to a combination of different background checks in order to meet industry or government requirements or to assess whether a potential employee has the necessary background for the position they are applying for.
        Screening may be requested by anyone – your governing body, government, employer, manager, client, bank, insurance company, even your landlord can request screening. All of the them would have one goal in mind – to collect information which will help them to make a decision whether or not you are fit the for purpose of employment, access to secret data, loan or any other relevant purpose.
          Background checks
          So, we have established that background checks are the building blocks of security screening but what exactly can people check? The most typical checks are:
          • Previous employer(s) referencing
          • Criminal record checks
          • Financial history checks such as credit rating or County Court Judgments
          • Career gap periods verification
          • Character references
          • Right to Work in the UK and document verification
          • Media and social media searches
          These are just examples of the types of background checks that may be carried out and the level and length will always depend on the purpose of screening.
          Security Screening
          In order to ensure that quality and standards are maintained, the government and several governing bodies have introduced security screening standards, which are different background checks combined in order to the fit the specific purpose. Below, you will find the most typical security screening standards and when they may be necessary. For further details on what kind of checks are included in each standard, please see our services page
          • BS7858 Security Screening
          This standard typically relates to the security industry which includes security of people, premises, goods or data.  Examples of these roles could be security guards, alarm and CCTV system installers, data centre staff or cyber security engineers. This standard is also recognised by many organisations and would be required for SIA, SSAIB, NSI or NACOSS accreditations to name a few.
          • HMG Baseline Personnel Security Screening (BPSS)
          This standard is required for anyone who, in the course of their work, has access to government assets. Quite simple, this is the first level of security screening for government contracts. BPSS also forms a part of more advanced government screening standards such Security Clearance (CS) or Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) which are typically required when access to SECRET government assets is necessary.
          • BAA Airside Pass Security Screening
          As you are now familiar with some of the different screening standards, you would probably think that the Airside Pass security screening standard refers to anyone wishing to work at an Airport? Well, you are almost correct, as the contractors who would require access to airport Restricted Zones (RZ) in the course of their work, would require an Airside Pass.  And of the requirements in order to obtain the pass is to have the Airside Pass security screening completed. So now that you know what background checks and the most common security screening standards are, you probably want to find to our which screening is relevant to your business? Call us on 01962 706 411 or email to find you which security screening is right for you.