Call for evidence on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee is seeking views on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill. The Bill was introduced by the Scottish Government on 12th June 2019. You can read the Bill and its accompanying documents here: https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/111895.aspx

The Committee is considering whether the Parliament should agree to the general principles of this Bill and, if so, what improvements could be made to it.

What does the Bill do?

The Bill will make changes to the system of criminal record checks which is administered by Disclosure Scotland. You may need a criminal record check if you're applying for paid or unpaid work, volunteering, or things like applying to adopt a child.

Disclosure means sharing sensitive personal information. Disclosure Scotland checks and shares information about people's criminal records. This helps organisations to employ the right people for certain types of work, like working with children or protected adults.

The Scottish Government says that the Bill sets out proposals to modernise and improve the proportionality of the state disclosure system in Scotland—

“This will simplify the system and strike the appropriate balance between strengthened safeguarding of the public and helping to reduce the stigma that people with convictions may face when trying to get back into work, training or education. The Bill also allows scope for digital processes to improve safeguarding and accessing disclosure that is more responsive to Scotland’s people.”

How to make a submission about the Bill

The Committee welcomes views on any aspect of this Bill. This can include comment on the changes to the law proposed by the Scottish Government, including how you consider the approach will work in practice. Details of how to make a submission are provided below.

Please note that in most cases your written submission will be published on the Scottish Parliament’s website and may be quoted in the Committee’s report or in Committee meetings (which are public and broadcast). If you wish to request that your submission be published without your name, please contact us in advance.

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a committee – Privacy Notice. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

How to submit your views

Written submissions should be reasonably brief and typewritten in Word format (preferably no more than 4-6 sides of A4 in total).

The deadline for sending us a written submission is now closed.

The Committee prefers to receive submissions electronically. These should be sent to [email protected]

You may also send a hard copy of written submissions to:

Education and Skills Committee

Scottish Parliament

Holyrood

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

We welcome written evidence in any language.

Giving evidence in person

You may be invited to give evidence to the Committee in person based on your written submission. If you wish to do so, please note you may be invited at relatively short notice if selected to appear in September. On that basis, if possible, please seek to keep Wednesday mornings free in mid to late September.

Further information

For further information about the Committee’s work on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill please contact the clerks: By email at [email protected] By phone on 0131 348 5204

We also welcome calls using the Text Relay service or in BSL through contactSCOTLAND-BSL https://contactscotland-bsl.org/

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