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Teachers (Vetting)

Volume 118: debated on Monday 29 June 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what guidelines he has issued to local authorities in Scotland about the use, before they consider any applicant for a teaching post, of police vetting and of the disclosure in writing of any criminal convictions, bind-overs and cautions.

None. Separate circulars will be issued shortly to social work and education authorities and to health boards setting out new procedures which it is hoped will be introduced early in 1988 to apply to all prospective employees who have substantial access to children. In the case of teachers, it will be for the General Teaching Council for Scotland to consider previous convictions when determining fitness to teach before admission to its register of teachers.