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Schools Written Answer, 23/04/10 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Bill Butler's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Executive whether private-hire taxi firms are required to have enhanced disclosure certification for contract work with schools; and whether private-hire taxi firms engaged to undertake contract work with schools are exempt in respect of enhanced disclosure requirements.

The Minister for Children and Early Years, Adam Ingram, replied that Disclosure Scotland provides criminal record checks for recruitment and other purposes under Part 5 of the Police Act 1997. That act does not impose any requirements about when the checks should and should not be used.

Under the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003, it is an offence to employ someone who is disqualified from working with children in a child care position. The way to check if a person is disqualified from child care work is by using the enhanced disclosure check. It is for education authorities to decide whether or not enhanced disclosures should be used for private-hire taxi firms doing school contract work.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 19 - 23 April 2010 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answers Report 19 - 23 April 2010