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Disclosure Scotland Written Answer, 16/02/2015[S]

Written answer given in response to Elaine Murray's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what action Disclosure Scotland takes to ensure that allegations made against people that have been established in court to be false are removed from its records and not provided to prospective employers.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod replied, Information about an allegation established in court to be false would only be provided to Disclosure Scotland by a chief police officer as ‘other relevant information’ (ORI) in connection with a Police Act enhanced disclosure or a Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme record application. Under the Police Act and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 the chief officer is responsible for deciding whether or not he or she should provide such information for inclusion on the disclosure.

If an individual wishes to dispute the ORI content of a certificate, Disclosure Scotland will contact the police force in question. Again, the decision about whether or not the ORI should stand as issued or be changed rests with the chief officer.

Information on all disputes handled by Disclosure Scotland in the last two financial years (including those relating to ORI) was provided in response to question S4W-23476 on 10 December 2014. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at: http://www.scottishparliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 16 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 16 February 2015