Please find below an accumulation of questions that have featured on some of the many reptitive questions about SC. Maybe by putting them in a stickie and adding when we get new ones we can bat some of the drudgery off.
I have given canned answers from what I read on the forum but you know how argumentative we can alll be so if the advice is wrong, which it could quite possibly be as I am no expert please advise nicely and I will change.
Can someone post that link that you can report agents to who advertise for SC only people again please?
Q : Is there a website for more information on SC and other clearances that I should read?
Yes. Is is here. MoD DVA Site
Q : What is involved in SC. What will they need?
Security Check (SC) or (SC Cleared) is required for people who have substantial access to SECRET or occasional controlled access to TOP SECRET assets. The following security vetting stages comprise a full SC clearance:
* Baseline Personnel Security Standard (Which is normally undertaken as part of the recruiting process)
* Departmental / Company Records Check
* Security Questionnaire
* Criminal Record Check
* Credit Reference Check
* Security Service Check
Q : Should I tell them about my previous form/bad credit/warnings/etc when applying for SC.
Absolutely yes!! They are trying to find out if they can trust you in a secret/sensitive roll. Convictions for speeding/fighting etc don't really interest them. Convictions for fraud, theft and other crimes involving abuse of trust may do so more but still could still possibly pass depending on severity. Bad credit and other serious financial problems, although, may not seem serious could lead you to be bribe-able etc so could actually be worse. There are no hard and fast rulse so be honest with them though!! When they are trying to judge your character lying is the very worst thing you can do.
Q : My SC has expired and am re-applying. Why do I have to fill the form again?
To re-apply you fill the same form in again and submit, they will match it to your previous records and check anything that has changed in the meantime. Timescales can be much shorted than a new application but this is by no means guaranteed.
Q : How long does it take?
Depends on what time of day, day of the month, year you are reading this. Some people can get it in 4-6 weeks but expect a couple of months and you might not be too disappointed. Upwards of 6 months isn't unheard of.
Q : Can I apply for SC clearance myself?
No! You must be sponsored by a ListX company. You do not get SC by becoming a Special Constable, you cannot apply as an individual and to date no company will get you SC by paying for them.
Q : My agent says they will get my SC and then put me forward for a job. Is this true.
Read the small print very carefully. Some will manage your SC for you, some will just put you on a register of SC staff, nearly all will charge you for the pleasure. It appears so far that none will actually put you through the SC process as far as I am aware at the time of writing.
Q : How long is SC valid?
SC is valid for 10 years but.... You will lose it if you do not use it for a year and will have to be re-sponsored and re-apply to get it back.
Q : How do I know if I am still cleared?
Contact the HR or Security Vetting Team at the last employer you worked for. Give them your DoB and NI number and they will tell you if they still hold it and when you left. They should also know enough to tell you if it is still valid or not but be aware you may be talking to the newly started temp so may not be accurate
Q : I start a new job needing SC but my old company still holds it. What to do?
Give your details to your new company, they will contact your old one and have it transferred to them. Simples. My experience is with the MoD but I am told that the Police will not transfer SC across to another company. I am not aware of this so more information is required when dealing with the police.
Q : I am not SC cleared and seen a great role but it says SC holding applications only please?
It is illegal for the agent to discriminate in this way and it is highly likely he is not working in the best interests of the customer as he maybe passing over the best talent in preference for some chump with SC. Apply anyway and then report him. Address to follow, as I can't find it right now.
Q : My contract may end before the clearance comes through. Can i check the progress of my sc clearance application anywhere? If I leave the company before i get the clearance, is there a way to know i got cleared?
We do not know the answer to this one yet. Hopefully the person that asked this question will appraise us as his circumstances change.