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Why Use Police Checks for Your Staff?

By John Subscribe to RSS | August 2nd 2012 | Views:

If you are a business looking at hiring staff then this puts you in a position of great responsibility both to your customers and to your staff. In fact it also puts you in a position of responsibility to the country at large, and the bigger a company is the more important it is that you look at acting carefully and responsibly in all of your dealings.

When hiring staff then, one of the important things that a business needs to do is to get police checks to ensure that the individual is legally allowed to work in the country and that they don't have any serious criminal records that could affect their suitability for the role in question. Here we will look at some of the reasons this is so important, and what the consequences might be if you do not take this precaution.

You Could Put Customers/Clients At Risk

The first and most obvious danger with hiring staff without a background check is that you might be putting your customers at risk, which is something that any conscientious business should avoid. In some cases this is a more pressing issue than others. For instance if your business works directly with children, then it is absolutely paramount that all of your staff be checked out first. Otherwise you might find that they have a history of violence or abuse and you might thus be indirectly responsible for them causing harm to your clientele.

It may not be the case that you don't hire any staff with a criminal record of course – rather you might still opt to hire them but just benefit from knowing about their history. In such a scenario you might choose not to have the staff interact with members of the public directly, or you might choose to warn your other employees not to rile that particular worker. The more information you have on your staff, the more effectively you can put them to work.

Your Reputation

Of course this should be horrifying enough from a moral standpoint and most people will go to any length to avoid harm coming to children under their watch. However form a business perspective this is also a very serious issue – and if after some kind of serious incident it comes to light that you never had your staff checked, then this can ruin your business. At least if you did everything in your power to check your staff and ensure they were safe first then your conscience can rest easy and the blame won't be pointed at you.


It's also very important that you have your staff checked out to ensure that they are legally entitled to work in the country. If you employ an illegal immigrant then the buck stops with you and it's your business that will be fined and penalized. Again this is also a great way to get a lot of bad press – so make sure you are certain that your staff are allowed to work for you before you hire them.

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