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Disclosure process in Northern Ireland

Certain roles within Scouting require a Disclosure check to be completed as part of the Appointments Process. This page explains more about Disclosure checking for those who hold roles in Northern Ireland.

To find out which roles require a Disclosure check, please see The Appointment Process chapter in Policy, Organisation & Rules.

Access Northern Ireland (AccessNI) Disclosure check
An AccessNI Disclosure is an important element for making safer appointment decisions, ensuring that appropriate people can work with vulnerable groups, including children.

The process begins by creating an NI Direct AccessNI online account.

NI Direct website account
Before a check can begin, an online account with the NI Direct website needs to be created by the applicant.  Additional guidance on registration set up can be found online.

Checking of ID documents
Once an online account is set up on the NI Direct website, the applicant will need to meet with the volunteer line manager at a suitable venue with access to the internet.  A template invitation letter is available for line managers to use, which provides guidance information for the applicant. This can be found here. If this is a recheck for someone whose disclosure is about to expire then use this letter.

At this meeting, the applicant will need to have their ID documents with them.  A list of suitable ID documents, and their grouping, is available from the AccessNI website.

Three documents should be produced in the name of the applicant: one from Group 1 and two from Group 2.  If this is not possible, then four documents from Group 2 should be produced, one of which being a birth certificate issued after the time of birth.  At least one of these documents should be photographic identification.

The information from the ID Documents is entered onto the AccessNI website.  A pin number specific to The Scout Association will need to be entered as part of this process.  This can be found within the Group Scout Leader Checklist.

Information form
As the ID document information is entered onto the AccessNI system, the volunteer line manager will need to complete an Information Form.  This can be found here.  If this is a recheck for someone whose disclosure is about to expire use this form. Once completed, this form needs to be returned to the local Appointment Secretary so that they are aware of an online application being in progress.

Issuing of the AccessNI Disclosure
Once the Disclosure certificate is issued to the volunteer by AccessNI, the Membership Engagement team at UKHQ will inform either the relevant Commissioner or the local Appointment Secretary of the outcome and whether the volunteer is able to start in their role.  The volunteer’s Compass record will be updated to reflect the outcome.

AccessNI Disclosure checks are just one element of the National Vetting Process and the issuing of the certificate does not signify that the volunteer is able to begin straight away.

Further guidance
Information on the process for AccessNI applications can be found here, and general information on AccessNI can be found here.


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