Certificates of Good Conduct

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Dear Slough Borough Council,
This question relates to potential employees and volunteers who seek to engage in providing services to children and vulnerable adults.

1. Please provide your policy and practice guidance on vetting and debarring including provisions concerning certificates of good conduct (CGC).

2. CGCs.

What is the legal basis for requesting them?

Who applies and pays for them? In relation to some countries individuals can give others a power of attorney.

A government-commissioned report suggests that for some countries CGC information may be unreliable. What steps do you take to verify it if the person to whom it relates challenges it?

How do you ensure that CGCs obtained from overseas are consistent with the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and dont include, for example, convictions for matters that would not be a crime in the UK or would be considered spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act?

3. I refer to Article 8 of the Human Rights Act and the recent case of (R(T) v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester and Others [2013] EWCA) concerning the right to privacy. What steps have you taken or do you intend to take and to what effect to amend your policies concerning vetting and debarring and certificates of good conduct in light of this ruling?

4. Your Local Authority is known to employ a significant number of social workers who trained outside of the UK (34: information provided before its demise by the General Social Care Council) and came to you as foreign nationals; others may have taken up British citizenship since then. Where such persons take leave of absence(e.g. maternity leave, extended sick leave)for a period of time what steps are taken to ascertain whether they have left the UK perhaps to return to their home country and what steps are taken to require such persons to provide a police check/certificate of good conduct to cover the period for which they have left the UK?

5. How many prospective volunteers have been required to provide a certificate of good conduct for the last 12 month period for which information is available and in how many such cases did disclosures on the certificate contribute to them not taking up such a role?

Yours faithfully,

Charles Bell

FOI, Slough Borough Council

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