Monday, 2 November 2015

Change of Procedure for BFG Good Conduct Certificate On Returning To The UK

Individuals returning to the UK from BFG, and looking for employment or volunteer opportunities working with children or vulnerable adults may be asked by prospective employers to provide a “Good Conduct Certificate” for the period covering their stay in Germany. This is also likely to happen if you are applying for a further/higher education course or to join the Armed Forces. If there’s a possibility that you may fall into any of these categories you should read on.

Previously the HQ BFG Employment Disclosure Office (EDO) was able to produce a Good Conduct Certificate, however the process was quite protracted and it could take several months to conduct the necessary checks with the relevant authorities. A service was also provided by the Criminal and Traffic Offences Branch. These services are now being withdrawn and applications to the EDO on a BFG form 33G will no longer be accepted from Friday 18th September onwards.

Instead applicants should write to the Service Police Crime Bureau (SPCB) in UK, providing their full name, date and place of birth and a full address history, and enclosing a copy of the photograph and details page of their current passport, requesting a Subject Access Request Certificate. The address to write to is:

Service Police Crime Bureau,
Specialist Operations Regiment,
Bassett Wilson Building,
Southwick Park,
Fareham,
PO17 6EJ

Certificates are provided free of charge.

It should be noted that SPCB are unable to provide certificates for individuals who have German/Dual German nationality as they cannot access the relevant information, therefore German dependents should either contact their local registry office, or if applying from outside of Germany, the Federal Office of Justice in Bonn. Full details can be found online at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants.