Security clearance of staff
Security clearance of staff

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Security clearance of staff
  • Personnel security controls
  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
  • Security clearance
  • Counter-Terrorist Check (CTC)
  • Security Check (SC)
  • Developed Vetting (DV)
  • Vetting by third parties
  • Appeals
  • Internal appeals
  • More...

Security clearance of staff

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for public law?

This Practice Note explores the various levels of security clearance required for government staff and personnel with access to government assets including civil servants, armed forces and government contractors. The levels considered include the government baseline personnel security standard, counter terrorist check, security check and developed vetting. It considers when the various levels of check are required, who can carry out the checks and the appeals process.

Personnel security controls

Personnel security controls help to prevent and counter threats to national security. All individuals with access to government assets, including civil servants, members of the armed forces, and private sector employees working on government contracts are required to be subject to pre-employment personnel checks. There are a number of levels of personnel security checks:

  1. Government Baseline Personnel Security Standard

  2. Counter-Terrorist Check

  3. Security Check

  4. Developed Vetting

The BPSS comprises a

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