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Disclosures Written Answer, 09/01/14 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Linda Fabiani's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government whether all of the people appointed as (a) reporters under the Matrimonial Proceedings (Children) Act 1958 and (b) safeguarders under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 are required to hold Disclosure Scotland certificates; and how many of these people have been trained in eliciting the views of children as part of the appointment process.

The Minister for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham, replied that the Scottish Court Service is currently carrying out work to ensure that reporters providing advice to the Court of Session or the sheriff court on the welfare of children are members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme. All safeguarders appointed under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 carry out regulated work in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 and are required to be members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme.

All safeguarders are trained in seeking the views of the child as part of the safeguarder pre-appointment training.

Information is not available centrally on how many persons appointed as reporters in cases involving children in the Court of Session and the sheriff court have been trained in eliciting the views of children as part of the appointment process.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 9 January 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 9 January 2014