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Foreign workers

31 January 2013

If you are an employer recruiting workers from overseas, and wish to check their overseas criminal record, a CRB check will not provide a complete picture of any criminal record that may or may not exist.


This is because the Criminal Records Bureau cannot access criminal records held outside the United Kingdom. However, a small number of foreign criminal records are held on the Police National Computer and would show up on a disclosure check.

In order to get a fuller picture of a foreign national’s background, additional checks may be required. GOV.UK has advice on how to gain information on candidates.

For further information regarding obtaining accurate disclosure information about foreign workers, contact Essex Disclosure Service.