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Warning issued over security qualifications

13 January 2017

Higher levels of scrutiny to detect qualifications fraud in the security sector have been called for by Industry Qualifications chief executive Raymond Clarke.

This is becoming a "significant threat to public safety and wellbeing" and the BBC has reported that exam watchdog Ofqual has "a number of ongoing investigations".

Mr Clarke is quoted by the BBC as saying there is a lack of effective monitoring on qualifications fraud, which is "more widespread that we might like to believe".

Current regulations focus on prevention of academic malpractice and are not equipped to deal with deliberate acts of fraud, he said.

Where this applies to security staff, Mr Clarke says this has particular implications for safety.

He cites concerns including the falsifying of course work or exam responses, leading to qualifications being gained dishonestly.

This can then lead to untrained staff being placed in positions where safety is compromised.

The current lack of information gathering on fraud and inadequate efforts to hold individuals responsible means that when it is found in one area, it simply moves to another.

A statement from the Industry Qualifications awarding body is also included in the BBC report:

"In an age tragically marked by terrorist atrocities, we need to know that those charged with keeping us safe are appropriately trained and qualified through a rigorous system of assessment and accreditation."


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