Referral to Disclosure Scotland
If an organisation or employer has employees or volunteers undertaking regulated work, they have a duty to report any harmful behaviour that might affect whether the person is allowed to work with children or protected adults.
If the Safeguarding panel or employing agency becomes aware that a person has done one or more of the following:
- Harmed a child or protected adult
- Placed a child or protected adult at risk of harm
- Engaged in inappropriate conduct involving pornography
- Engaged in inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature involving a child or protected adult
- Given inappropriate medical treatment to a child or protected adult
they must advise the Safeguarding Service as soon as possible, even if the actions happened outwith the Church and even if the information is historic.
The employer must make a referral to Disclosure Scotland explaining what has happened.
This only has to be done if the harmful behaviour described above has meant that the person involved:
- Was dismissed as a result
- Would have been dismissed but left before they could be (resigned)
- Was transferred permanently away from work with children or protected adults.