Background checks are a great way to assess the skills of an individual to perform the role they applied for. They also provide the security of knowing who you are employing. If your employees have access to government assets then you will be required to screen individuals to the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS).

As a professional background screening provider, our highly trained and experienced case workers can support your BPSS requirements. We can help save you time and money with your BPSS check requirements, whilst showing full compliance with a downloadable BPSS pre-employment report.

What is a BPSS check?

The HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) is a pre-employment checking standard set by the Government for anyone who has access to government assets. The core checks include:

  • Civil servants
  • Temporary staff
  • Government contractors
  • Anyone requiring access to the Public Services Network (PSN)

The BPSS standard outlines the controls in place to protect reputation, integrity and financial assets by identifying any risk of identity fraud, illegal working and deception.

The BPSS standard is nationally recognised and utilised by many organisations across the UK. It is commonly accepted as the ‘baseline’ of background screening policy. If you are looking to apply a pre-employment screening policy to your organisation, BPSS is a great place to start. If you have any additional needs on top of this screening level then why not speak to one of our team to see how we can support your needs?

What checks are included in a BPSS check??

There are four main elements that make up the BPSS check. These include:

Applicants must also declare any significant periods (6 months or more in the past 3 years) of time living abroad. Ask about our international criminal record service.

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What other checks are recommended?

In addition to the core checks outlined above, BPSS guidance outlines additional checks where extra verification or assurances are required. Suggested checks include:

  • Internet checks (social and adverse media)
  • Overseas checks
  • Animal Rights Extremists

If you require additional checks, we can support you with tailored packages. These checks can be requested on an ad-hoc basis when required, all through the same online portal. We make the requesting of individual checks or packages of checks as easy as possible.

Do I need to retrospectively check employees?

If you have assurances in place to access government assets, then there is no requirement to retrospectively check existing employees. It is important however that you re-check an individual’s immigration status where they have time-limited right to work in the UK. In addition, a basic DBS check is only a ‘snap-shot’ of the individual’s unspent criminal record. You may wish to set a re-check policy to ensure you hold an up-to-date record, and nothing has changed

How can DDC support your BPSS checks?

Whether you need support with one or all of the core elements of BPSS screening, we can help you with an all-encompassing online platform. Using our innovative technology, which includes risk minimisation and fraud detections tools, you can rest assure that you are BPSS compliant. Our team of experienced Case Workers are trained to spot inconsistencies and potential fraud to ensure you have all the information available to make an informed employment decision.

Why choose DDC?

✓ Quick and free set-up – you can be processing your checks the same day with DDC’s free registration and set-up.

Support and advice – you will have access to DDC’s experienced Customer Service Team providing support advice for all your checks.

Service to suit your needs – with bespoke packages and a flexible system, DDC can accommodate all sectors and organisations.

Secure and reliable – DDC’s system and processes have obtained ISO9001 and ISO27001 accreditation promising you a secure and reliable service.

Single management interface – manage all your checks with a single interface, using our dynamic Client Area.

If you should need any further reasons about why to choose DDC, then please visit our Testimonials page to read what our clients have said about the services we have provided previously.

Ask the experts

If you would like to know more on how we can help with your BPSS checks, speak with our background screening experts today. We can talk you through the process, ensuring you are compliant at every stage and tailor the package to meet your requirements. Contact us on newenquiries@ddc.uk.net or 0116 260 3055.