Statistics

Background screening discrepancies in APAC

Widely recognised as the economic growth engine of the world, Asia Pacific growth rates have hovered around 6 percent for more than a decade. This growth, coupled with the region’s innate diversity, creates some unique trends, challenges and approaches in background screening.

In general, multinational and local companies in Asia Pacific have consistently strengthened their background screening processes. The international schools segment has however failed to keep pace with other industry sectors such as finance, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and information technology. This despite the Council of International Schools and the International Taskforce for Child Protection recommending an increase in the levels of background screening.

Discrepancy Rates

If statistics from other sectors within APAC can be relied upon as an indicator of what can be expected, there is no question that International Schools could expect to find a significant number of discrepancies in the details supplied to them by potential employees. The size of this discrepancy is likely to be close to the 17.3% rate found by First Advantage across other industry sectors in 2016.

Annual Candidate Screening Discrepancy

17.3%

Overal Discrepancy by Types of Checks

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Overal Discrepancy by Segments

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The highest rates of discrepancy relate to employment and education details. Potentially less serious discrepancies such as variations in dates of employment make up a significant proportion of the check discrepancy rates. However, rates as high as 1 in 37 employees falsifying qualifications attained should strike fear into the heart of any employer.

Employment details with highest discrepancy rates
Employment Variance Discrepancy (%) Per Total Applicants
Discrepancy in dates of employment 12.3% Every 1 in 12
Discrepancy in dates of employment 12.3% Every 1 in 12
Discrepancy in dates of employment 12.3% Every 1 in 12
Employment details with highest discrepancy rates
Employment Variance Discrepancy (%) Per Total Applicants
Discrepancy in dates of employment 12.3% Every 1 in 12
Discrepancy in dates of employment 12.3% Every 1 in 12
Discrepancy in dates of employment 12.3% Every 1 in 12

Child abuse in international schools

Whilst there are no statistics available which detail abuse by educators in international schools, studies conducted around the world report that the rate of abuse and exploitation (by the age of 18) impacts between 1 in 10 children, and as high as 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 4 boys according to various national studies. (Source: Council of International Schools http://www.cois.org/page.cfm?p=3844)

A comprehensive set of child protection standards have now been agreed by accreditation and inspection bodies globally. The standards cover allegation management, staff selection, detecting and reporting abuse, education and support for leaders, teachers and students about behaviour and boundaries, implementation of policies, and collaboration with the local community. (https://www.icmec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/ITFCP-Recommended-Recruitment-and-Screening-Practices-April-2017.pdf)

Schrole Verify is committed to assisting schools to uphold these standards of child protection, and furthermore, to create a global standard which can be continually improved upon to ensure the highest standards of child protection possible.

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