For individuals who work in England and Wales, a criminal record check is completed by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). In Northern Ireland, it is completed by AccessNI, and in Scotland by Disclosure Scotland.
There are a variety of criminal record checks available to you:
For a majority of individuals who fall under SM&CR, a “standard check” would be recommended, however, if a role puts them in situations where enhanced screening may be appropriate, i.e. if an adviser works with vulnerable people or has access to large volumes of cash, then one of the enhanced checks may be more appropriate.
There are several suppliers available who offer to complete this service, for England and Wales a full list can be found here.
We are able to complete these checks for you as we have partnered with one of the industry’s leading identity management specialists G.B.Global, to provide Senior Manager & Certification Regime (SM&CR) Criminal Record Checks for you and your firm. The costs for completing these checks are £50 plus VAT.
Under SM&CR once a criminal record check has been completed, it does not need to be done again. A criminal record check, however, is only accurate at the time the check was carried out. As such, dependent on the role, or if the individual is changing roles, you should consider if this check should be revisited at set intervals.
As under SM&CR, you are required to complete criminal record checks, you must also have a documented policy on employing ex-offenders. This policy should be available internally to all staff and you are also required to show this document to any applicant who asks for it.
Under SM&CR you are also required to retain these checks for six years and you must ensure that you have in place a facility to retain this data securely.