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Being security cleared does not provide a guarantee of future reliability and all security clearances are kept under review to ensure that the necessary level of assurance is maintained.This review is carried out by government departments and government sponsored contractors who are responsible for the oversight and aftercare of individuals granted a security clearance.If you need access to ‘Secret’ or ‘Top Secret’ information, or have a proximity to public figures who have been assessed to be at particular risk from terrorist attack you need the appropriate level of national security clearance.You will be going through the vetting process if you are either being considered for a post where you will have access to highly sensitive information or assets, or because we are looking at your current clearance to allow you to carry on in your present post or to allow you to move to another post.
However, we may need to retain some personal data for longer than this in the interests of national security or to assist our defence in legal proceedings which have already started.
If you have experienced certain medical or psychological conditions, our Vetting Medical Adviser () may need to contact your doctor (or military medical officer) for further information to enable us to fully assess your suitability to handle sensitive data.
You will be asked to consent to this, and the form will explain how we collect and safeguard medical information.
Additionally, is funded and staffed to meet forecast requirements for security vetting.
It cannot accommodate large numbers of additional clearances on an ad hoc basis.