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Student Law Breaking and DBS Checks

Being a student is often seen as the time in your life when you can enjoy your youth, run a bit wild, and have a lot of fun alongside getting your degree. Getting into trouble as a student could not only land you in trouble with the police, but could also see you thrown out of university, with a conviction which can have a long-term effect on your career prospects.
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Background Checks for Current Employees

Background checking is often termed pre-employment screening as it’s associated with the checks and research which employers do on a candidate before making a job offer. But there is a growing school of thought which recommends repeating the process regularly on existing employees, even when they have been part of the company for many years. What are the advantages of taking this approach?
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Background Checks – Common Myths

More and more employers are doing background screening on people who wish to work for them, in order to protect their business from a rogue employee intent on committing fraud, or just from an incompetent employee who hasn’t got the experience or qualifications they claim. It’s a common enough process, but there are lots of myths floating around about the process.
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Call for Ex-Teachers to Return to the Classroom

The new Omicron variant, discovered at the end of 2021, seems to be less serious, but has caused a huge spike in infections, leading to millions of UK workers being asked to isolate when they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Worries over lack of staff to run schools has led the government to issue appeals to former teachers, asking them to return to the classroom to help out.
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Digital Right to Work Checks Made Permanent

The announcement about permanent changes to the Right to Work process came right in the middle of the Christmas and New Year holidays in the UK. The paper, released on 27th December 2021, put forward a proposal to extend the current arrangements for checking Right to Work status digitally, and move to a fully digital service for all members of staff by the start of the next financial year at the start of April 2022.
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4000 Names Added to DBS Barred Lists

The DBS do not make recruitment decisions for businesses, or issue certificates with a pass or fail. A DBS certificate will just lay out the information for the recruiters to assess. One of the main roles of the DBS is to manage the Barred Lists, and recently issued figures show that the number of people included on these lists has risen rapidly.
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DBS Checks for Students

Bar work, retail or part-time office work is where you’ll find most office workers, and these positions rarely require a criminal records check. However, if you are a student who is considering taking part time work in healthcare, trying to get some work experience in a school, or even working as casual staff in the Royal Mail, you might need a DBS check.
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Major Problems at Police National Computer

The January 2021 revelation by the UK government that coding errors on the Police National Computer meant thousands of records were deleted went largely unnoticed, as it came in the midst of the post-Christmas lockdowns and waves of coronavirus infections. However, in July 2021 the policing minister gave more details, and told parliament that over 200,000 offences, relating to over 112,000 people had been accidentally deleted from the system.
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What is a Right to Work Check?

Some paperwork will be employer-specific, and others, like police criminal records checks, will depend on the sort of work you will be doing. However, the most basic form of checking, the Right to Work Check, applies to everything. So, what’s it all about?
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Withdrawing a DBS Application

Getting a DBS check is a standard part of many job applications, especially for people working in healthcare or with children. There are many reasons why an applicant, or employer, might want to withdraw a DBS application which is already underway.
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