The Scottish Government has changed the law that says what convictions someone needs to declare in certain situations eg applying for some types of jobs, applying for registration with the SSSC.
The new law started on Thursday 10 September. Before then we asked people applying to register to tell us about all convictions they had, even those that are considered ‘spent’.
The change to the law means that a person applying to register may not have to tell us about all of their convictions. You can find out more about this and the convictions that need to be declared on the Disclosure Scotland website.
How does this affect the SSSC?
We have changed our online application form and we now ask people to go to the Disclosure Scotland website for guidance before telling us about any convictions.
Anyone filling out a paper application for should also go to the Disclosure Scotland website for information before completing the form and sending it to us.
This change to the law happened very quickly and we are working on adapting our processes.
We are looking at three things in particular.
- How to help social service workers applying for registration and countersigners endorsing forms to only tell us about the convictions they need to tell us about and not to accidentally give more information.
- We are sorting through applications received to make sure we are not looking at or recording any convictions that should not now be disclosed to us.
- What we do about applications with convictions that should not now be disclosed to us that we have received and processed before the law was changed.
How does this affect employers and what should you do?
Please make sure that your staff continue to apply for registration and ask them to follow the guidance from Disclosure Scotland. As an employer you will also need to comply with the change in the law when you are employing new staff. Disclosure Scotland has an email address and telephone number for queries.
How does this affect people applying for registration?
Please continue to apply but make sure you have read and understood the information from Disclosure Scotland before you complete your application and submit it to us.
We are putting together some questions and answers to help you and we will continue to update this information for you. If you have any questions about the changes please contact Disclosure Scotland. If you have any questions about registration please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your questions answered
We have looked at some possible questions that employers and people applying or already registered with us may have: