The Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial Order 2015

Closed 24 Nov 2015

Opened 10 Sep 2015

Feedback updated 12 Jan 2016

We asked

Your views on the 2015 remedial order which made some amendments to the disclosure regime in Scotland.

You said

We received 27 responses from organisations and individuals, as well as a response from the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament.  The respondents generally supported the reforms we made.  A small number of changes to the offence lists were suggested.  The majority of respondents stated that guidance was needed to support the remedial order.

We did

Scottish Ministers have proposed some amendments to the 2015 remedial order due to some of the comments received.  The main changes concern  refinement of the offence lists and reducing the timescale to apply to a Sheriff to have information removed from a disclosure from 6 months to 3 months.  These proposals are contained in the Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial (No. 2) Order 2015 which, subject to Parliament’s agreement, will come into force on 8 February 2016.  Additional guidance is being produced.

Published responses

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We would prefer to receive electronic responses.  However, you may wish to provide a response by hard copy and this can be done by addressing your response to:
Anna Bulik
Policy Team
Disclosure Scotland
Pacific Quay
G51 1DZ

We would be grateful if you would please clearly indicate in your response which parts of the 2015 Order you are responding to, as this will aid collation of the responses received.

Why your views matter

Scottish Ministers will consider all written observations received on the Remedial Order.  Once the 60 day period has expired, Ministers will lay a statement in Parliament summarising all observations received and what, if any, modifications they consider appropriate to make to the Order.


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