Background Criminal Check – When To Carry One Out

Many organisations believe that it is only necessary to carry out a background criminal check on a candidate when that individual is taking up a senior or permanent position within the company. Other businesses only commission the mandatory checks required where the role involves working with children and vulnerable adults. Are they right?

In today’s climate, though, such a background check should really be the norm and not the exception. There are a number of very good reasons for this, which are not restricted to simply ensuring that the job applicant really does have the skills and experience they claim to have. For instance, if your new employee later commits actions that do harm to another employee, a customer or a client, then the company itself could be at risk of liability in any resulting lawsuit. The rise in international terrorism, while it may seem alarmist at times, has also been a prompt for many companies to undertake background checks on all new employees to verify their identities. Additionally, the rise in corporate scandals, especially in the financial world, means that those in junior and senior roles alike in such high visibility businesses face a new level of scrutiny. To avoid bringing the company name into disrepute, any new hire must be fully vetted. In truth, it’s easier than ever to find out what you need to know about potential candidates before you take them on. But, it can be time-consuming. That’s where hiring a professional private investigator can help.

At UK Background Checks, we can give you confidence in any new appointment to your company. We will carry out the appropriate level of background criminal check in conjunction with our other standard checks to offer you peace of mind in your recruitment. Call us on +44(0)845 512 0440 or contact us through our website at for a free quote.