Extra security checks necessary

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Extra security checks necessaryOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Organisations responsible for the care of vulnerable people are beingadvised to adopt a new line of employment policy to help reduce any securityrisks. Loopholes in the law enable staff to hide offences committed during theirperiod of employment, with any breeches able to go undetected unlessvoluntarily disclosed. If certain types of offences are allowed to continue undetected by employersit could put children, the elderly, people with special needs and the sick atgreater risk. Shaista Anjam, a solicitor at law firm Shakespeares, which represents theBrook sexual health clinic for young people in Birmingham, said organisationsshould ensure they are able to carry out regular checks on staff. In one case a man working in a charity’s finance department had beenconvicted of fraud, but other offences that do not lead to a jail term can alsobe hidden from managers. As well as conducting pre-employment criminal checks Anjam advised employersto incorporate an explicit clause into each contract that would allow criminalconviction searches throughout the full term of employment. “It is essential that companies such as Brook have provisions in placewhere they can check employees regularly. This is a call to all charities andvoluntary organisations to check employment policies,” Anjam said. “If not legally bound within an official employment contract any futurechecks could be considered illegal and the company could find themselves incourt charged with a breech of data protection or human rights.” Comments are closed. last_img

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