In October 2017, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) introduced new identity checking guidance to align the DBS process with Right to Work checks. The changes have been fully operational since 29th December 2017. The document requirements have been tightened for non-EEA nationals taking on paid work and applying for DBS checks so that they are consistent with the existing Right to Work document list. More information on the UK Government website.
For companies working in the care sector, the risk of candidates using fraudulent ID documents is very real. Our customers recruiting nursing and care staff have consistently been one of the highest referring sectors for fraudulent documents since Q4 2016, when we first started to monitor and record fake ID rates.
In Q2 of 2017, we saw a 42% increase in fake documents from that sector compared to Q1. We see illegal passports, Biometric Residence Permits, ID cards and visas purporting to be from many different countries, both within Europe and beyond. Without ID scanning technology, there is a real possibility that those illegal applicants would be accepted and their ID used during DBS checks without detection.
As we have previously mentioned in other blogs, I am a strong advocate for prevention. Checking identity documents for both Right to Work, and when supporting an application to the DBS, can act as a robust filter to help manage those risks and ensure a water tight process.
Gavin Burton, Guest blogger
Director at Identity Insight Consulting, providing consulting services relating to counterfeit/forged identity documents, their impact and identity crime issues affecting the ID verification industry. Former Strategic Development Director at TrustID with a background in the Metropolitan Police.
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