Disclosure Scotland is an Executive Agency of the Scottish Government. We provide criminal records checks under Part V of the Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.
Under The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022, enhanced disclosures with suitability information relating to children and protected adults can be required for sponsors (volunteers providing accommodation in their homes) and those in the sponsoring household, to ensure those fleeing the war in Ukraine are placed in safe homes. These checks will be processed following Disclosure Scotland’s standard policies and procedures.
Disclosure Scotland is committed to ensuring all personal information is collected and processed in accordance with UK General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018. Disclosure Scotland only collects and processes personal information to fulfil our legal and official functions. We will only use personal information when the law allows us to and where it is necessary and proportionate to do so.
Processing your information
Disclosure Scotland will process these checks to support the Scottish Government’s aim to ensure there are adequate levels of vetting checks on those who wish to act as a sponsor, and for those in the sponsoring household aged 16 and over.
Disclosure Scotland uses personal information:
- to decide if you qualify for certain levels of disclosures
- to prevent, detect and investigate crime
- to check Police Criminal History Systems for any relevant convictions you may have
- to apply the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as amended by Part 2 of the Management of Offenders (Scotland) Act 2019
- for audit purposes
- for statistical analysis and research
- to send you any certificates or communications
- to improve service levels
Sharing your information
The information you provide may be shared with other people to:
- process your application
- check it's correct
- verify your identity
We may also share information:
- to prevent, detect and investigate crime
- to apprehend and prosecute offenders
- to safeguard children and protected adults
We may share information with:
- police forces, to support application processing, prevent and detect crime, and protect vulnerable groups
- employers who have a legal right to see the information under Part 5 of the Police Act 1997
- courts services
- Police Criminal Records Office
- UK or overseas government departments and law enforcement agencies
- TransUnion (a data processor of Disclosure Scotland) to verify your identity
Protecting your information
Your personal information will be:
- handled fairly and lawfully
- only kept and used for limited purposes
- adequate, relevant and not excessive
- accurate and kept up to date
- kept no longer than necessary
- processed in line with the data subjects' rights
- held securely
- protected if it's transferred to other countries
Your information will not be made available for commercial use without your permission.
Staff and systems
All our staff, suppliers and contractors are security vetted by the Scottish Government security unit. All staff are trained in data protection and aware of their responsibilities.
We carry out regular compliance checks to the standard set out by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and make continual security checks on our IT systems.
Your individual rights
You have a number of individual rights. You can:
- ask us to amend any data if it's incorrect
- ask us not to process information used for the disclosure certificate if you have a particular reason
- asking us to make non-automated decisions regarding your data
- claim compensation for damage caused through a data protection breach
- access the data we hold
- stop direct marketing
Read more about your individual rights from the Information Commisioner's Office.
Withdrawing your application
You can withdraw your application any time before your certificate is printed. If you withdraw your application, we will delete the personal information you provided.
How to contact Disclosure Scotland
You can contact us if you're unhappy with the way we handle your personal data.
If you're unhappy with the answer you get, or need advice about the use of your personal data, you can contact the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
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