A Counter Terrorist Clearance (CTC, or CTC Cleared) is a requirement for people who work in close proximity to important public figures, or have access to material or information that may be vulnerable to a terrorist attack, or unrestricted access to government and/or commercial establishments considered to be at risk from an attack.

The CTC Clearance process involves the following mandatory stages:

  • Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), which is normally undertaken as part of the recruiting process)
  • Departmental / Company Records Check
  • Security Questionnaire
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Security Service Check

You must undergo a process of examination and evaluation if you require a CTC, this will involve a background check. This system applies to people whose employment involves access to sensitive government assets, information or personnel.

Members of the security and intelligence agencies can be included within Security clearance, as well as the armed forces personnel, the police and employees of certain other non-government organisations. They are also obliged to comply with the Government’s security procedures and employees of contractors providing goods and services to the Government.

Security cleared personnel can include crown servants, Government organisations in particular, including the Ministry of Defence, Central Government, Defence Estates and the Armed Forces, require Security Cleared personnel, as do companies in the private sector contracted to undertake work for these bodies.

A Clearance procedure is needed to protect against threats from hostile intelligence services, cyber security threats, terrorists and other pressure groups. The results of the vetting process determine who can be given access to sensitive Government information or property.

To find out more about our Counter Terrorism Clearance and other services at SGC Security, contact Richard Webster, Commercial Director via richard.webster@sgcsecurityservices.co.uk.

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