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Scotland's Disclosure System: Protecting, Simplifying, and Strengthening

The proposed reforms in the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, combined with a radical new approach by Disclosure Scotland, signals the most important development in criminal record disclosure for a generation. This event examines the direction of disclosure policy and asks what the implementation of the proposed package of legislation will mean for individuals, vulnerable groups, and organisations. 

The Context

The current disclosure system and PVG scheme comprise a complicated approach to disclosure – one that has been gradually amended over many years. 

Proposed reforms in the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill are designed to achieve a more proportionate and individualised process. One that balances safeguarding the public with the rights of individuals to move on from previous offending behaviour. The Bill is part of a wider package of reforms and builds on recent legislation around the management of offenders and the age of criminal responsibility. 

But there are concerns around the challenges these proposals pose to the volunteering population, whether they adequately allow people to move on from previous offences, and if they remove the barriers that the system can currently create for Care Experienced people with a criminal record.

Join us on 5th May as we examine what recent and forthcoming developments around disclosure will mean for individuals and vulnerable groups – and explore how it will impact your work and organisation. 

Key Issues We'll Discuss

  • Update on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill and how the proposed package of legislation, including other Acts, will work together
  • New approach by Disclosure Scotland in promoting fairer and more proportionate use of disclosure information
  • Radically changing the way disclosure works and to removing the barriers it can currently create for Care Experienced people with a criminal record
  • Towards a disclosure system that does not disproportionately disadvantage children and young people who have been involved in childhood offending
  • Striking the right balance between the protection of the public and individual rights
  • Simplifying the disclosure system and ensuring it is user-friendly for both organisations and individuals
  • Making the disclosure clearer, particularly in relation to regulated work/roles
  • Exploring the concerns around the impact of the proposals on volunteering 
  • How reform to disclosure will impact your organisation and what supports employers need for implementation
  • Empowering individuals with greater control over their disclosure data
  • Closing potential safeguarding gaps

Confirmed Speakers

  • Daniel Johnson MSP, Deputy Convener, Education and Skills Committee 
  • Gerard Hart, Director of Policy and Protection, Disclosure Scotland
  • Tina Campbell, National Safeguarding Coordinator, Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service
  • Julie Main, Safeguarding Service Manager, Church of Scotland
  • Rev. Adam Dillon, Convener of Safeguarding Committee, Church of Scotland
  • Speaker tbc, MCR Pathways

Agenda

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome from the Chair

Session 1: Balancing Public Protection and Individual Rights – Policy Landscape and Context for Reform

  • Context for reform and closing potential safeguarding gaps
  • Update on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill and how the proposed package of legislation, including other Acts, will work together
  • The new approach by Disclosure Scotland in promoting fairer and more proportionate use of disclosure information

10:00 Keynote Address

Daniel Johnson MSP, Deputy Convener, Education and Skills Committee 

10:15 Questions and Discussion

10:30 Disclosure For The Next Decade

Gerard Hart, Director of Policy and Protection, Disclosure Scotland

10:50 Tina Campbell, National Safeguarding Coordinator, Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service

11:10 Questions and Discussion 

11:20 Refreshments and Networking 

Session 2: Simplifying the Disclosure System – Challenges and Good Practice

  • Simplifying the disclosure system and ensuring it is user-friendly for both organisations and individuals
  • Exploring concerns around the impact of the proposals on volunteers
  • How reform to disclosure will impact your organisation and what support charities and employers need for implementation

11:40 Senior Speaker

12:00 Church of Scotland Perspective

Julie Main, Safeguarding Service Manager, Church of Scotland
Rev. Adam Dillon, Convener of Safeguarding Committee, Church of Scotland

12:20 Questions and Discussion 

12:30 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: Making Scotland Safer and Fairer – Next Steps

  • Empowering individuals with greater control over their disclosure data
  • Towards a disclosure system that does not disproportionately disadvantage children and young people who have been involved in childhood offending
  • Striking the right balance between the protection of the public and individual rights

13:15 Interactive Discussions 

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from the morning presentations for your own work and organisation. This is an opportunity to begin to think about the implementation of the proposed changes to the disclosure system, the associated challenges, and how these might be overcome. 

14:00 Speaker tbc, MCR Pathways

14:20 Senior Speaker, Justice Reform

14:40 Questions and Discussion

14:50 Chair's Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event 

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice. 

Get In Touch

Book now or  or call Adam on 0131 285 1692

If you have an inspiring case study or a project that you think is relevant, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are always on the lookout for new speakers. 


Rates

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1 place: £145+VAT
Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place: £245+ VAT | 2+ places: £195+ VAT per place
Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place
Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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Date
03 Nov 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145+ VAT

Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m

Standard Rate
1 place £245+ VAT | 2+ places £195+ VAT per place

Public sector organisations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295+VAT | 2+ places £245+ VAT per place

Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP

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