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Access NI Data Policy

  1. General Principles

As an organisation using Access Northern Ireland to help assess the suitability of applicants for positions of trust, DOM complies fully with Access NI’s Code of Practice regarding the correct handling, use, storage retention and disposal of Disclosure Applications and Disclosure information. We also comply fully with its obligations under the Data Protection Act 2018 and other relevant legislation pertaining to the safe handling, storage, retention and disposal of Disclosure information.

2. Consent

As we no longer receive a copy certificate from Access NI, written consent will be obtained from the applicant when requesting and retaining (copy of a ) Disclosure certificate.3. Storage and Access

Disclosure information is to be kept securely, in lockable, non-portable, storage containers with access strictly controlled and limited to those who are entitled to see it as part of their duties.

4. Handling

In accordance with section 124 of the Police Act 1997, Disclosure information is only passed to those who are authorised to receive it in the course of their duties. We maintain a record of all those to
whom Disclosures or Disclosure information has been revealed and it is a criminal offence to pass this information to anyone who is not entitled to receive it.

5. Usage

Disclosure information is only used for the specific purpose for which it was requested and for which the applicant’s full consent has been given.

6. Retention

Once a recruitment (or other relevant appointment, regulatory or for licensing purposes) decision has been taken, we do not keep Disclosure information for any longer than is necessary. We comply with Access NI’s Code of Practice requirement to ensure that it is not retained longer than required for the specific purposes of taking a decision on the applicant’s suitability.

7. Disposal

Once the retention period has elapsed, we will ensure that any Disclosure information is immediately destroyed by secure means ie by shredding, pulping or burning. While awaiting destruction, disclosure information will not be kept in any unsecured receptacle (eg waste-bin or confidential sack). We will not keep any photocopy or other image of the Disclosure or any copy or representation of the contents of a Disclosure or any other relevant non-conviction information supplied by police but not included on
the Disclosure. However, despite the above, we may keep a record of the date of issue of a Disclosure, the name of the subject, the type of Disclosure requested, the position for which the Disclosure was requested, the Access NI unique reference number of the Disclosure Certificate and the details of the recruitment decision taken.

8. Review

The Company will monitor the effectiveness and application of this policy and will perform regular reviews in line with the statutory provisions and organisational development.

9. Review of Policy

The company will continually monitor the effectiveness and application of this policy and will review in line with statutory provisions and organisational developments.

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