This section provides information about what employers should refer to us about a worker and when.

Employers must make a referral to us when a registered worker:

  • is suspended, dismissed or demoted
  • resigns during a disciplinary investigation, and you would have considered dismissal
  • is charged or convicted of a criminal offence.

You should also refer to us if the matter is one you would tell Disclosure Scotland about or where you are concerned that the behaviour or actions of a worker raises a serious concern about their fitness to practise. For more information about the types of behaviours or actions this includes, please see our Employer Referral Guidance.

You should notify us immediately if the:

  • behaviour is serious
  • worker is suspended
  • worker resigns during a disciplinary investigation, and you would have considered dismissal
  • worker is charged with a criminal offence.

Otherwise, let us know at the end of your disciplinary or performance/capability process.

To make a referral please see the Employer Referral Guidance and download the Employer Referral Form.

Employers must make a referral to us when a worker is not registered with us, if they have:

  • been dismissed
  • resigned or abandoned their post, and if they had they not done so, you would have considered dismissal.

To make a referral please see the Employer Referral Guidance and download the Employer Referral Form.

You should only notify us about a non-registered worker when your own disciplinary process concludes. 

To make a referral please see the Employer Referral Guidance and download the Employer Referral Form.

If you would like more information about our Fitness to Practise process and investigations, please go to the employers section.