What is a BPSS

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) is the entry level for government clearance.

The BPSS is one of four levels of personnel security controls currently available to departments and agencies depending on the level of assurance required. The others are the Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC), Security Check (SC) and Developed Vetting (DV). The BPSS is not a security clearance whereas the CTC, SC and DV are all formal security clearances obtained through the NSV process.

For more sensitive posts there are an additional range of security controls, collectively referred to as National Security Vetting (NSV). These controls are not a substitute for the BPSS (which, apart from the unspent criminal record check, should be carried out beforehand) and must only be applied where they are necessary, proportionate and add real value.

The BPSS allows for access to HMG assets on a need-to-know basis, the BPSS is sufficient to allow an individual:

  • Access to OFFICIAL assets of UK origin.
  • Occasional access to SECRET assets of UK origin in the normal course of business or during conferences or courses or briefings.
  • Custody of a small quantity of SECRET assets.
  • Entry to areas where SECRET assets are stored.
  • To work in areas where SECRET and TOP SECRET information might be overheard.
  • To use equipment capable of handling SECRET information, provided that access controls are in place.
  • User access to the Public Services Network (PSN).

During the recruitment process, and in advance of any firm offer of employment, individuals must, as a minimum, be asked to provide:

Confirmation of name, date of birth and address.

National insurance number or other uniquely personal identifying number where appropriate

Full details of previous employers (name, address and dates), over the past 3 years.

Confirmation of any necessary qualifications/licences. Educational details and /or references when someone is new to the workforce when these are considered necessary.

Confirmation of permission to work in the UK

Through Cataphract’s online vetting system, we can process, manage and store all of your employees’ BPSS checks. Typical checks, depending on reference turnaround can take anything from 2 days to 2 weeks. Average is 2 weeks currently.

CONTACT the team to discuss.

Posted by David Clark
April 24, 2017, in Pre Employment (BPSS)

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