I am on a short term contract so I will be leaving. I will definitely need references. Supply agencies have told me to give my head a nudge as it's taken 4 weeks to get my references back. Today, she told me that she is sending my references for HR to deal with. I had palpitations thinking it will just be agreeing dates- nothing more and it won't look good to potential employers (safeguarding etc) I phoned HR who said that they have asked for this to happen and need to go through them so that they know they will have everyone's permission centrally- they were going to tell me this and ask permission tomorrow. Something like that. Has anyone had this happen to them? Is this a new MAT thing? Am I right to be completely suspicious? Is HR in cahoots with my head? Is it likely my head has sent a relevant statement?