East Devon District Council

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Policy Anti-fraud, theft and corruption policy

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5. Prevention - employees

We recognise that a key preventative measure in the fight against fraud, theft and corruption is to take effective steps at the recruitment stage to establish as far as possible, the previous record of potential staff, in terms of their propriety and integrity. Temporary and contract staff should be treated in the same manner as permanent staff.

Staff recruitment must be in accordance with approved employee selection policies and, in particular, the council will obtain written references on the honesty and integrity of candidates before employment offers are made. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks are made where appropriate.

Each employee is governed in his or her work by:

  • the council’s standing orders
  • financial regulations
  • the employee code of conduct
  • employment contract and handbook, together with the suite of policies our employees read and sign at the start of their employment
  • gifts and hospitality register

Employees are expected always to be aware of the possibility that fraud, corruption or theft may exist in the workplace and be able to share their concerns with management.