ESYTC Findings Highlight Problems of Enhanced Disclosure System

New research by the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC) has highlighted the inadequacies of the enhanced disclosure checks system.

New research by the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC) has highlighted the inadequacies of the enhanced disclosure checks system.

Under the current system all individuals working unsupervised with children are required by law to apply for an enhanced disclosure check.  These checks give details of all spent and unspent conviction data as well as any information considered relevant by the local policing force.  However recent findings by the ESYTC have demonstrated that '77% of chronic violent offenders are never referred to the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) on offence grounds' and that '68% are not known to social work or hearings and 88% have no convictions for violence by the age of 22.'

Professor Lesley McAra said 'Where people are working with vulnerable people and children, we should ensure they are still scrutinised and monitored. Other measures are required to ensure people are protected because just applying for a certificate will not protect them.'

Information obtained from an article in The Herald newspaper: 'Disclosure checks give 'false reassurance''.

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