Updated to take account of the General Data Protection Regulation, in force from 25 May 2018.
The recent scandals involving Oxfam and other charities have come as a surprise to many, but could these embarrassing allegations have been avoided through better background checking and tighter recruitment practices? David Haines from Xref looks at the evidence.
Updated to reflect the Government's proposals relating to EU citizens who arrive in the UK during the Brexit implementation period.
The sex scandal engulfing Oxfam's operations overseas has now extended to its charity shops in the UK, after its former head of safeguarding described the situation where adult volunteers working with child volunteers do not require criminal record checks as an "extraordinary loophole".
A National Audit Office investigation into the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has found its modernisation programme is running three and a half years late and that many of the business benefits expected of the background checking service have not been realised.
Increased compliance means rising numbers of employers are performing numerous background checks on employees. Steve Smith from Sterling Talent Solutions looks at eight areas organisations should consider and any pitfalls to avoid.
The current disclosure of youth criminal records in the UK undermines principles of youth justice and could fall short of the UK's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Last month, David Lammy MP published a review recommending that, in certain cases, criminal records could be sealed from employers. Reforms such as this could have positive consequences for businesses and workers alike, argues employment solicitor Catherine Hawkes.
Less than a third of companies are aware of the sanctions for failing to secure right-to-work documentation for overseas workers - and up to 93% could be at risk of having their sponsor licence revoked - according to Migrate UK.
Updated to reflect that individuals in England and Wales can apply to the DBS for basic criminal records checks.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to recruitment background checks.