Be secure in your relationship with a partner background check

Partner background checks UK

With 25% of relationships now starting online, it’s harder than ever to be certain your partner is who they say they are. A messy divorce, bankruptcy, or even domestic abuse charges are all too easy to hide when meeting someone new and yet can put you, your family, and even your finances at risk. This is why many people turn to partner background checks with a private investigator before the relationship gets serious. 

Background checks can be utilised for many different reasons. For example, it is likely that you have been on the receiving end of an employee background check yourself during the hiring process for a new job, or had your credit history checked whilst applying for a loan. Some of the most common background checks include: 

  • Partner background checks
  • Education verification checks
  • Tenant background checks
  • DBS checks
  • DPSS checks
  • Right-to-work checks
  • Criminal background checks
  • Credit history checks
  • Employment background checks
  • Social media screening

Why conduct a partner background check? 

No one wants to suspect their partner of any wrongdoing. Everyone knows the best relationships are built on a foundation of trust, and sometimes it can feel like the best way to uphold that trust is to take your partner at their word. However, even those with the best intuition can read a situation wrong. 

All too often people can find themselves in dangerous relationships, discover a partner’s secret second family, or even get caught up in an online dating scam that bleeds them dry. These situations might sound far fetched, but they happen far more often than you’d like to think. A partner background check can help you know what you’re getting yourself into before it is too late. 

Partner background checks can provide you with information on a partner’s criminal and financial history as well as any other family they may have. In cases of online relationships, they can also confirm whether the person you’re talking to is a real person before you send them any money or gifts. They are an excellent method to ensure your peace of mind and to help you rebuild your trust with your partner free from those nagging concerns.

How to conduct a partner background check independently 

A shallow background check on your partner is something you can do by yourself, providing you know how. Two main pieces of legislation can help you do this. 

Clare’s Law

Clare’s Law is designed to protect people from partners with a violent past. Under this law, you are able to contact the police and request your partner’s, or even your friend’s partner’s, police record. This record will not reveal every conviction, it is limited only to violent crimes, but it can tell you if a partner has previous convictions for domestic violence that may put you at risk. It is important to note, however, that roughly 24% of domestic abuse goes unreported, so there may be information this check cannot uncover.

Sarah’s Law

Similar to Clare’s Law, Sarah’s Law enables parents or guardians to contact the police and request somebody’s police record. While it is primarily used as a tool for those hiring nannies or those working with children, it can also be used if your partner is going to be around your children. The record the police provide you with will only reveal child sexual offences. 

While both of these checks are helpful in determining if your partner is dangerous, they are unable to give you any further details or rule out any indiscretions that were not reported to the police. For a more detailed background check that covers more than the two offences covered by Clare’s Law and Sarah’s Law, you have to turn to a professional private investigator

Why hire a private investigator? 

Private investigators can use data and technology that is not available to the general public, allowing them to dig much deeper into your partner’s history than you can on your own. PIs are also able to use covert surveillance methods to gather information on your partner’s behaviour and whereabouts which can be used as evidence should you choose to confront them. 

There are rules and regulations surrounding background checks that can be tricky to navigate without the experience. Professional private investigative agencies, like Bond Rees, understand how to conduct background searches ethically. We work closely within the law and the regulations set out by the GDPR to ensure that you receive the results you need in the right way.

Why choose Bond Rees for your partner’s background check? 

At Bond Rees we aim to conduct a full background check in a matter of days, giving you the peace of mind to move on with your relationship. With our 98.7% success rate for people tracing, we are able to crack cases of online dating scams in hours, by finding out if the person you are talking to even exists. 

All of our PIs come from military and police backgrounds, with the training and experience needed to handle your case with care and work within the law. 

If you have suspicions your partner is lying to you, don’t wait and see. Contact Bond Rees today to organise a discrete background check. 

Background check FAQs

What shows up on a partner background check? 

A background check can reveal: 

  • Criminal records, including violent offences.
  • If your partner truly exists.
  • Employment history. 
  • Additional partners.
  • Corporate links or shareholdings
  • Evidence of education
  • Press History
  • Other suspicious activity 

How long does a partner background check take? 

A background check can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on the information available and what suspicions you have. For more complex cases or for cases that involve surveillance methods, they can take several weeks to complete. 

Are partner background checks legal? 

Yes, partner background checks are legal as long as they comply with the laws and regulations, such as those set out by the GDPR. 

How much does a partner background check cost? 

The cost of a background check can depend on the complexity of the case and the methods required. At Bond Rees we offer a fixed upfront fee for every background check, so there are no unpleasant surprises should your background check take longer than expected. 

What should I do if I find concerning information in a partner background check? 

We will provide you with a comprehensive report of our findings following every background check. If the report contains something concerning, it is worth addressing it openly and honestly with your partner and allowing them to explain – as long as it is safe to do so. In cases where we have uncovered a history of domestic violence, it may be safer to have this conversation with others present, if you choose to have it at all. 

Can a partner background check benefit my relationship? 

Yes. Contrary to popular belief, a clear partner background check can strengthen your relationship by fostering trust, transparency, and open communication. It allows you both to feel confidence in each other’s intentions and history, leading to a stronger and more secure relationship. 

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