What is screening?

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Screening is a process by which information is sourced and assessed to determine whether an applicant could pose a risk to a particular group or groups of people, related to their work in a professional or volunteer environment.

This process involves obtaining a record of an individual's relevant criminal history, which is assessed to determine the level of risk. Depending on the type of screening being conducted, additional sources of information are included in the assessment. Assessment is based on all relevant information disclosed to the DCSI Screening Unit at a particular point in time.  

Screening by the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Unit is an employer-driven process.  It is conducted on behalf of organisations that are engaging people to work in an employment or volunteer role.  The informed consent of the individual is required prior to screening.

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