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Security Check and Developed Vetting Roles

Security Check and Developed Vetting Roles

05 Jul 10:00 by Elizabeth Deans

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At Electus Recruitment we have been supporting clients in the Defence, Government and Security industries since 2003. We have built an in-depth understanding of how these industries operate meeting their complex employment requirements. As such we have developed a wide network of candidates servicing both Security Cleared (SC) and Developed Vetting (DV) roles.

In the UK, the Government requires individuals to undergo security vetting in order to work on projects of a sensitive nature. Defence contracts are the most common but many roles across the Aerospace, Energy (specifically nuclear) and Infrastructure sectors also require SC or DV checks in order for the individual to commence work.

Vetting is carried out to inform Government bodies that the individual has not been involved in espionage, terrorism, sabotage or actions intended to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by political, industrial or violent means. It also reassures the department that the individual has not been a member of, or associated with, any organisation which has advocated such activities or has demonstrated a lack of reliability through dishonesty, lack of integrity or behaviour. 

Security Check (SC)

An SC is the most widely held level of security clearance. It is required for posts involving regular and uncontrolled access to secret assets and/or occasional, supervised access to top secret assets. The process for SC clearance includes:

  • Successful completion of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard
  • Completion, by the individual, of a Security Questionnaire
  • A departmental/company records check which will include e.g. personal files, staff reports, sick leave returns and security records
  • A check of both spent and unspent criminal records
  • A check of credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
  • A check of Security Service (MI5) records

Checks may extend to third parties included on the security questionnaire. SC security clearance must be formally reviewed after 10 years (7 years for non-List X contractors) or at any time up to that point at the discretion of the vetting authority.

Developed Vetting

DV is the most detailed and comprehensive form of security clearance in the UK. It is essential for roles that require individuals to have frequent and uncontrolled access to top secret assets or require any access to top secret codeword material. DV is also required for individuals who:

  • While not in such posts, will be in a position to directly or indirectly bring about the same degree of damage
  • Require frequent and uncontrolled access to Category I nuclear material
  • Require access to certain levels of classified material originating from another country or international organisation

The process for DV clearance includes:

  • Successful completion of the Baseline Personnel Security Standard
  • Completion, by the individual, of a Security Questionnaire, a DV Supplement and Financial Questionnaire
  • A departmental/company records check which will include personal files, staff reports, sick leave returns and security records
  • A check of both spent and unspent criminal records
  • A check of credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
  • A check of Security Service (MI5) records
  • A full review of personal finances
  • A detailed interview conducted by a trained Investigating Officer
  • Further enquiries, including interviews with referees conducted by a trained Investigating Officer

DV security clearance must be reviewed every 7 years (7 years for non-List X contractors) or at any time up to those points at the discretion of the vetting authority.