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The address and financial check is a check which is run against the publically available records held by the UK’s credit referencing agencies. The check includes data sources such as: the UK electoral role, county court judgements, telephone databases, bankruptcy data, voluntary orders and sequestration orders. The check allows you to verify that an individual is who they say they are through activity information held against their name and if they have any negative financial information held against them such as county court judgements and bankruptcy. The financial and address checks have a maximum turn round time of 24 hoursPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Checks past and current directorship status, giving company name, industry type and date of appointment. Also checks against disqualified directors list with Companies House. The directorship checks have a maximum turn round time of 24 hoursPowered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Before commencing the qualification verification procedure we first check whether the establishment exists and is a genuine awarding authority. Evidence is requested in writing to establish the dates of attendance, course studied and the grades/level of qualification gained. Turn round times of this service can sometimes be effected outside term times.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
As with the education verification we first check whether the awarding authority is genuine. Evidence is requested in writing to verify dates attended, qualification gained and membership status.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Before commencement of the reference checking procedure, we firstly verify if the information provided by the candidate is legitimate i.e. the company does exist, the referee is employed by that company in the position stated and all phone numbers and email addresses provided have been proven to be bona-fide. Where ever possible all references will be obtained in writing, however if this is clearly not possible once it is established that the referee is who they say they are a reference will be obtained by the next best means possible either via email or via the telephone. We can conduct as many references on an individual as you require and over any period of time, in any country.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
When conducting gap checks we aim to ensure that we have sufficient evidence to determine what the candidate has been doing within that gap period. We will obtain a gap reference to cover any gap from a professional or a character referee.If for example a candidate has taken a gap year to travel we will conduct a character reference to cover the gap period. We could also look at their passport to obtain any stamps of entry which they may have obtained while travelling. Candidates who are claiming benefit while out of work, would be confirmed through their benefit office. We will ensure we cover any gap period using the most appropriate means possible.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Personal and professional references aim to provide an insight into the candidate’s general character. The personal reference can be obtained from a person who is over the age of 18 years, has known the candidate for 5 years or more and who is unrelated. We can also obtain references from a line manager or other senior member of staff from a current or previous employment. Due to policies at employers, these may be given as “personal references”. A series of set questions probing such areas as performance, ability, relationships and communication skills will be asked.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5


CREDENCE Background Screening is a registered body with Disclosure Scotland, AccessNI and the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (“CRB”)) in England, enabling us to conduct Basic, Standard and Enhanced Level Criminal Record Checks for the whole of the UK. Using our network of worldwide offices and our in depth knowledge of international screening, we are also able to provide where available criminal record checks on a worldwide basis.

Basic Level Criminal Record Checks

Basic level Criminal Record Checks (Basic CRC) can be conducted on anybody regardless of their position. They are currently provided by Disclosure Scotland and usually turned round in about a week. Basic CRC checks will only provide information pertaining to unspent convictions only.

Standard Level Criminal record Checks (Standard DBS)

Standard Level Criminal record Checks (Standard DBS – formerly Standard CRB) may be issued for people entering certain professions, such as members of the legal and accountancy professions. The Standard check contains details of all convictions held on the PNC including current and ‘spent’ convictions as well as details of any cautions, reprimands or final warnings.

Enhanced Level Criminal Record Checks

An Enhanced Criminal Record Check (Enhanced DBS – formerly Enhanced CRB) is used for posts that include anyone working in a Regulated Activity with a Regulated Activity provider, as defined in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and as amended by the Protection of Freedom Act 2012. Examples include a Teachers, Scout or Guide leaders, Doctors, Nurses.

The Enhanced Disclosure it is the only disclosure to check the barred lists for children and adults (formerly PoVA, PoCA and List 99, previously held by the Independent Safeguard Authority).

Enhanced DBS checks are also issued for certain statutory purposes such as gaming and lottery licences.  These checks do not involve a check of the barred lists.

Enhanced DBS checks also includes an additional check to those carried out with the Standard DBS check: a check on local police records for additional information that may be relevant to the post for which the applicant is being considered.

Barred List (List 99 check)

The barred list contains details of people who are barred from applying for, or working in, a regulated activity in relation to children in England and Wales.  The bar is imposed under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

The Barred List Check is an instant check that can be used to confirm a person’s appointment in a regulated activity by ensuring they are not prohibited from working with children.  It can also be carried out whilst waiting for the Enhanced DBS to be completed.

Overseas Criminal Record Checks

Using our network of overseas offices, worldwide partners and our in depth knowledge of the international screening marketplace, we are able to provide Criminal record Checks on a worldwide basis.

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Verification of machine-readable passport details (MRZ Code). Compares the codes built in to the passport with the identity details provided by the candidate. A good quality photocopy of the relevant ID page, showing the machine readable algorithm, is required to conduct this check. This will help verify that the passport you have seen is a valid passport.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
The number is first checked to verify that it is correctly formatted. For British citizens we check that the prefix (1st two letters) correspond to the year that the candidate reached the age of 15 years 9 months when National Insurance numbers are generally issued. For other nationalities we check the year of issue and validate this against the start of their employment history in the UK.After the initial checks are conducted we check the candidate’s name against HMRC records.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
To conduct a Driving Licence Check (DVLA Check) we contact the DVLA directly to establish whether the employee has a valid licence, any current endorsements and is not banned from driving. The check will also validate the employee’s current address. This check has a 24 hour turnaround or if applied for by 12.00pm, can be turned around within half an hour.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
A search against a consolidated database of information, including the HM Treasury Financial Sanctions List, United Nations and European Union, for inclusion in governmental sanctions, enforcements, watch-lists and blacklists as well as criminality: will also include searches to highlight if the subject is considered a Politically Exposed Person.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Formerly, FSA (Financial Services Authority Checks) – Searches name, status, FSR reference number, controlled functions, current employer name and start date. Also searches all previous companies worked for in a controlled function, with start and end dates. All disciplinary action taken by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) will be listed along with associated dates.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Search of the press, internet and other media in English or the relevant local language using Google or other appropriate search engine, focusing on derogatory information only. With common names where the number of hits exceeds 100, CREDENCE will apply its standard search methodology, based on key words, date, location and other identifiers, e.g. middle name.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Professional assessment of completed occupational health questionnaire, by an occupational health nurse. Where applicable, contact is made with employee to ascertain their fitness to work. Follow up with the employee’s GP is made where necessary. Fitness to Work Certificate issued to client for each employee where the Occupational Health Nurse is satisfied that the employee is fit to work (FTW).Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5
Using our internal resources, worldwide partners and our in depth knowledge of the international screening marketplace, we are able to provide our employee screening services on a worldwide basis.Powered by Hackadelic Sliding Notes 1.6.5