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Completing the disclosure process

The safeguarding of young people in our care is very important. The Scout Association has various processes in place to ensure that appropriate adults can take up volunteering opportunities; one element being the requirement of a Disclosure check.

Which roles require a disclosure check?

When an adult volunteers with Scouting they are added to Compass. Depending on the role they have chosen, a Disclosure check may be required.
Compass knows this automatically and will inform the user if a Disclosure check is required. Compass also provides reminders at regular intervals before a volunteer’s Disclosure check expires. This will enable early action to obtain a new Disclosure check.

In addition to notifications directly to the volunteer, the line manager, relevant Commissioner and local Appointment Secretary will also receive regular notifications of those volunteers who need to complete a new Disclosure check.

It is important to keep email addresses up to date on Compass so that members do not miss these alerts.

The Appointment Process chapter in Policy, Organisation & Rules sets out in full which roles require a Disclosure check.

Information about obtaining a disclosure for transgender members and helpers in regulated activity are available here

How do I complete a disclosure application?
The process for completing a Disclosure application depends on the country the appointment is within.  Click on the relevant country below for more information.

England, Wales or a National UK appointment


British Scouting Overseas

Scotland

Northern Ireland

What happens if a Disclosure check expires?

Should a Disclosure check expire, the relevant Commissioner will also receive notification of those volunteers who must be suspended from involvement with Scouting until a valid Disclosure check is in place and the National Vetting Process is completed.

Volunteers can see the expiry date of their Disclosure check on their record on Compass.  If the expiry date showing is in the past, or if the record is showing your Disclosure check as ‘Pending’, that member does not have a current valid Disclosure.

Processing an adverse disclosure check

Obtaining a valid disclosure from the relevant agency (DBS, ANI, PVG), together with completing the relevant Headquarters checks and local appointments process, play an essential part in safeguarding the young people in Scouting.

Where information is provided on a disclosure certificate, that information is assessed in accordance with the Safeguarding and Vetting Decision Guidance document (see POR; the Appointments Process) in order to ensure that appropriate recruitment decisions are made.

It is critical that throughout this procedure that all information provided by the disclosure authorities, applicants and references are held in line with the Codes of Practice of the disclosure authorities and the Data Protection legislation.

Read the full guidance on what procedure to follow when information is provided on an applicant's disclosure check.


 

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