How to Check a Person's Background in the U.K

Updated March 23, 2017

There are many valid reasons for checking someone’s background. Sometimes, employers are interested in determining the history of a potential employee to make sure they are hiring the right person. A lot of businessmen and investors conduct background checks on a potential partner to make sure that she is who she claims she is. There can be many personal reasons as well. Perhaps, you’re a mom who wants to make sure your baby is safe with the new babysitter, or perhaps you’ve just started dating somebody, and you want to make sure he is on the level. Checking someone's personal background can be an important way to protect yourself.

Register with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) to check a person’s police records and information held by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). CRB can show you past and current convictions, as well as cautions and warnings that have been recorded on the Police National Computer.

Visit the free public records website of the UK. On this website, you can search the person either by name or by categories, such as profession, electoral registration, births and deaths.

Look through the website Directgov for family history, marriages and civil partnerships, birth, adoption and deaths.

Hire a private investigator if you’re unable to find what you’re looking for by the methods mentioned above. A private investigator will examine the person’s past and present to reveal the person's true identity and personal history. You can find some UK private investigator websites in Resources below.

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Joanne Cichetti has written articles and Web content professionally since 2009, focusing primarily on health and lifestyle. In order to further pursue her writing career professionally, Cichetti inducted herself in the Long Ridge Writers Group, and she looks forward to having a novel published under their guidance.