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

 

This year's reforms to the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill, combined with a radical new approach by Disclosure Scotland, signal the most important developments 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

Scotland's criminal disclosure system and PVG scheme comprise a complicated approach to disclosure that has been gradually amended over many years. 

Forthcoming reforms to the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill have been designed to achieve a proportionate and individualised process that balances safeguarding the public with the rights of the individual 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 over whether these reforms are adequate to allow people to move on from previous offenses, and whether they remove the barriers that the system can currently create for Care Experienced people with a criminal record.

Join us on 3rd November as we examine what 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

  • Overview of the Disclosure (Scotland) Act and how the legislation and other pertinent laws, 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

  • Andrew Alexander, Head of Policy,  The Law Society of Scotland (Chair)
  • Daniel Johnson MSP, Deputy Convener, Education and Skills Committee 
  • Gerard Hart, Interim Chief Executive, 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
  • Graeme McEwan, Chief Executive, MCR Pathways
  • Callum Hutchison, Devlopment Officer, BHI (Affiliated with Scottish Violence Reduction Unit)
  • Niven Rennie, Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

Agenda

09:55 Welcome from the Chair

Andrew Alexander, Head of Policy, The Law Society of Scotland

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

  • Context for reform and closing potential safeguarding gaps
  • Overview of the Disclosure (Scotland) Act and how the legislation and other relevant laws 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, Interim Chief Executive, Disclosure Scotland

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

11:10 Questions and Discussion 

11:20 Break

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

11:30 Church of Scotland Perspective

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

12:00 Questions and Discussion 

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

12:10 Graeme McEwan, Chief Executive, MCR Pathways

12:30 Niven Rennie, Director, Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

12:45 Callum Hutchison, Devlopment Officer, BHI (Affiliated with Scottish Violence Reduction Unit)  

13:00 Questions and Discussion

13:20 Chair's Closing Remarks

Andrew Alexander, Head of Policy, The Law Society of Scotland

13:30 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. 

 

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