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Our role with Government trade bodies and our influence on legislation changes places us firmly as leaders in the UK screening market. Visit this page for industry leading information on innovation, technology developments, policy trends, and changes, future plans and strategy from UK Government and Governments of the devolved nations.

We are working with UK GOV to ensure that the screening process is being reviewed, as there are obvious challenges due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Some of this is around meeting face to face with a potential candidate to complete an identity check. Therefore, we have influenced various regulators to change their approach in these unprecedented times.

Keep Britain Working

21st April 2020

Keep Britain Working - We want to bring people together during this National Emergency through a campaign to #KeepBritainWorking. The objective of the campaign is simple, to preserve jobs and to protect livelihoods.

These are challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked lives and decimated many businesses across the UK. Many companies and workers are facing anxious days and weeks ahead. Whether you're looking for work or seeking ways to sustain your business, help is at hand.

Keep Britain Working will help redeploy workers from struggling sectors to in-demand ones, help people who have lost their jobs find new ones, share and implement the best ideas to help the country keep working, and get people back into work. We want to share ideas, encourage good practice and help individuals and the economy to recover.

The campaign launched on and encourages businesses and working people to make pledges to #KeepBritainWorking both during the crisis and beyond. The website also serves as a hub for sharing ideas and advice; including resources to support companies and their employees during this most difficult of times. Here you can find guidance and support on working, on boarding and sharing tips on remote working.

We pledge to #KeepBritainWorking by offering free and subsidised 24/7 employee screening services to ensure people can hire who they need, when they need.

Keep Britain Working has received support from Lord Alan Sugar, James Timpson, and Severn Trent chief executive, Liv Garfield. MPs Penny Mordaunt, Steve Brine and Caroline Nokes have also given the movement their backing, alongside business group the CBI. Trade organisations Recruitment & Employment Confederation and the Family Business Place are also on board.

Visit #KeepBritainWorking here

Disclosure Scotland Basic checks are back!

17th June 2020

Great news for UK employers - Disclosure Scotland Basic checks are back! Employers needing Basic DS checks for employee screening can submit again.

As of 9th June, Disclosure Scotland are now accepting routine Basic applications. All Basic applications can be submitted online. The standard fee of £25 applies.

Disclosure Scotland will continue to prioritise checks for workers in Coronavirus (COVID-19) response sectors. Fees will continue to be waived for these priority workers until midnight on Friday 25 December 2020.

DBS update

8th July 2020

The DBS have made temporary changes to their acceptable ID documents to make it easier for people to start in their key worker roles. The DBS have announced that will temporarily allow expired passports that are within 6 months of the expiry date for DBS identity checking purposes. The applicant must be in possession of their expired passport to use it as an identity document.

Disclosure Scotland have developed a key policy

24th July 2020

It is now law and will soon be implemented. The Disclosure Bill received Royal Assent last Tuesday and is now an Act.

The Bill aims to:

- mandate that anyone wanting to work with children, young people, or vulnerable adults in Scotland are PVG Scheme members.

- simplify the process for disclosing criminal history information.

- change whether and how certain offences are disclosed.

Read more here.

Right to Work

4th August 2020

UK GOV have recently released updated advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents. You can view it here.


7th August 2020

There are some sectors in which there are currently barriers with obtaining quality references. We recently carried out a survey with employers which indicated that 81% of previous employers only provide dates of employment in references. Our intention is to improve referencing processes cross-sector.

Cifas Fraudscape

10th August 2020

We are delighted to continue to collaborate with our partners over at Cifas to protect UK businesses from employee fraud. You can take a look at the report here to read about how we, and Cifas are supporting each other to tackle this growing problem.

Disclosure Scotland

24th August 2020

Important changes on what appears on criminal record checks for employers. The reforms will, from 30 November, reduce the length of time that many convictions need to be disclosed by most job applicants. You can read more here.

Digital Identity

1st September 2020

Tired of recruitment being slowed down by paper documents? Candidates fed up of submitting their ID/POA docs?

The start of digital identity for recruitment (and other sectors) is here. It marks the gradual end of paper documents needed to get a job.

Today UK GOV has published their formal response to last year's digital identity consultation indicating their commitment to establishing a legal framework to enable online verification. This is firm commitment from UK GOV to drive digital identity usage to increase productivity and boost the economy.

Our director, Keith Rosser, will be championing digital identity for recruitment at the next session as we fundamentally believe it will improve safeguarding, reduce time to hire, and enable the UK to have a truly agile labour market.


10th September 2020

The DBS have released their 5-year strategy which details their ambitions as an organisation and focuses on three key elements: their Profile, their People and Quality. The work that the DBS do provides significant protection to the public and the delivery of this strategy will enable them to develop as an organisation, improve the services they provide, and support the contributions they make within the safeguarding community. You can read more here

Cifas Annual Conference

21st September 2020

We are delighted to continue to collaborate with our partners over at Cifas to protect UK businesses from employee fraud. We discussed how our new way of working and the gig economy impacts insider fraud, document checking, and employee screening. You can take a look at the report here to read about how we, and Cifas are supporting each other to tackle this growing problem.

Modern Slavery Act

24th September 2020

Reed Screening inputted into a review of the Modern Slavery Act – proposed changes have been announced here.

APPG Inquiry

27th September 2020

We have been leading on the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Inquiry – Review of Employee Screening - for UK GOV on how to improve screening and Digital Identity.

We attended the APPG on Digital Identity to hear from a number of key stakeholders, including Matt Warman MP, who answered critical questions around how the public and private sectors can work together to move forwards with the Digital Identity agenda.

Being at the forefront of important projects like these enables us to continue to lobby UK GOV to keep a lot of the changes to right to work checks, that we influenced during the crisis. Additionally, Reed Screening are in a great position to keep stakeholders informed of upcoming events and milestones, being the first to implement changes.

Right to Work

30th September 2020

The 1st January 2021 will see the end of free-movement and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system & you can read more here.

As restrictions tighten, we wanted to give an update & advise on what you need to know about employee screening.

9th October 2020

Right to Work - continues to be remote with the Home Office reverting back to face to face with 2 weeks notice. Our Director, Keith Rosser, is delighted to have been asked to write the introduction for the APPG Inquiry Report for Ministers on making right to work checks online permanently. This is backed by several MP’s. For more information on what this would mean for your business, you can contact

DBS Checks – Free COVID checks remain in place and we continue to champion digital identity checks moving forward. Reed Screening Chair the CRTB, and the new website can be found here.

References - A project is underway with Skills for Care to identify best practice around verification, validation, volume, and templating. The aim is to improve and standardise referencing in future where possible.

COVID Right to Work Checks

13th October 2020

Employers across the UK have been completing "COVID adjusted" right to work checks since March, which essentially means completing right to work checks online opposed to face to face.

The Home Office maintain that come the end of the "COVID period" UK employers will need to complete face to face checks of all existing staff hired during COVID.

Whilst no exact numbers exist, this is thought to be in excess of 250,000 workers already. What's more, the "COVID period" could run for another 6 months yet resulting in a huge obligation on employers.

The next session of the Digital Identity APPG discussing digital hiring will be October 23rd.

We continue to lobby to keep Right to Work check remote following the Coronavirus pandemic

29th October 2020

Reed Screening have been leading on the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Inquiry – Review of Employee Screening for UK GOV on how to improve screening. We have now sought views of businesses and continue to lobby UK GOV to keep a lot of the changes we have influenced during the crisis. The APPG Inquiry Report for Ministers is ready to issue and will be taken to the virtual Parliamentary roundtable in November.

PVG Checks

4th November 2020

For the first time Disclosure Scotland are able to offer customers a fully digital channel to get PVG checks done. Customers who are invited to adopt PVG Online will be contacted by Disclosure Scotland.

COVID-19 fuelling recruitment fraud and scams

17th November 2020

Our Director, Keith Rosser,  appears on Sky News discussing how COVID-19 has fuelled recruitment fraud and scams ruining the lives of many job seekers. He has called on UK GOV and industry to do more to tackle this problem.

Fake jobs, illegal recruitment practices, and fraud widely exist on well-known recruitment platforms, social networking sites, and online portals.

You can report any concerns to SAFERjobs and get free help when applying for work.

Filtering rules for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks are changing from 28th November

19th November 2020

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will no longer disclose youth reprimands, youth warnings, or youth cautions. They will also no longer automatically disclose all convictions where an individual has more than one conviction – instead, each individual conviction will be assessed against the appropriate rules.

All unspent convictions and conditional cautions must be disclosed and do not become protected until they are spent.

If you attended our recent webinar with Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Dominic Headley FRSA, you will already have information on this as filtering was covered as part of our session.

You can find out more information here:

Is getting useful references a challenge?

1st December 2020

We are delighted to be on the project board working with Skills for Care, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), Dominic Headley & Associates, and VBA Consulting looking at referencing in the care sector.

Announced today on GOV.UK, the project aims to improve information, advice, and standardisation of approach for referencing in the care sector.

There is a short survey available for you to complete here along with information on how to register your interest in attending a virtual workshop on this important topic.

New Data Sharing Code of Practice published by the ICO

18th December 2020

Today the ICO has published their new Data Sharing Code of Practice. Together with a suite of new resources, the code provides practical advice to businesses and organisations on how to share data responsibly. You can find out more on their data sharing hub here